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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,478 miles

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1998 Nissan Maxima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 162013

Maxima

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Maxima. The contact was traveling 45 mph and traveled over a patch of ice. The vehicle then spun around and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but the vehicle did not respond. The contact crashed head first into an unknown object and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a fractured knee and was transported to the hospital. The vehicle was destroyed. The police were present on scene and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard and was not inspected for the air bag failure. In addition, the contact stated that the brakes were serviced two months prior to the crash. The manufacturer was contacted who advised that there were no recalls and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Webb City, MO, USA

problem #10

Apr 212010

Maxima

  • 75,263 miles
After reclining my seat, the supplemental restraint system warning lamp started to blink and has remained blinking ever since. After diagnosing the side airbag module in the seat to be causing the problem. I found a Nissan technical service bulletin, ntb00-043, applying to all 1998-1999 Nissan Maxima vehicles, which states that the side airbag modules for the driver and passenger front seats are to be replaced with new updated ones that replace the side airbag modules and the seat-sub harness that the modules connect to. This is a manufacturing safety defect in the side airbag module's harness. The technical service bulletin states to route the new harness exactly as the old harness was routed, therefore eliminating the possibility of the harness routing in the seat being the cause of the problem. The technical service bulletin states that the side airbag module installed originally in the vehicle consists of a two piece harness; the airbag control module with a short section of wire that connects into a sub harness that is routed through the seat, where it is connected to the supplemental restraint system circuit. The updated side airbag module eliminates the two-piece harness system, repairing the supplemental restraint system fault and therefore eliminating the warning indicator constantly flashing. This requires the replacement of the side airbag modules, which is very costly and this issue creates a major safety issue regarding the functionality of the supplemental restrain system if ever required to be used. In addition, Nissan does not offer the side airbag modules for purchase to my extent of knowledge. After conducting my own research on websites for Nissan Maxima owners, this appears to be an extremely common issue that occurs on the 1998-1999 Nissan Maxima vehicles.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 222005

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall-Nissan Maxima alternator,1998.open recall, does not need to be original owner. Before I was informed of recall alternator stopped working (on highway going 55 lucky to be alive)! after repairs were made, car came out of repair shop with air bag light blinking. Took car to Nissan. After paying $100, they informed me side air bags were faulty and they're not sure if front air bags will work properly. After I was informed of recall I brought car back to Nissan, they replaced new alternator with another new alternator and paid me for the first alternator. My claim is that the faulty alternator under a recall notice caused my air bags to stop working. Nissan has informed me it's possible we will look into it. Have not heard anything from Nissan. They did inform me it would cost $1,200 to fix. So now my son is driving the car without knowing one way or the other if the air bags will work. Nissans not sure if fronts will work! Nissan needs to replace air bags at there cost. There product caused the problem.

- Wheeling, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 102004

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failure of airbag modules. Taken to dealer denied coverage to fix under extended warranty, also emailed Nissan corporation to request help. Nothing was done.

- Enumclaw, WA, USA

problem #7

Aug 152003

Maxima

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
This is the third time the airbag module has been replaced.the first two times were under warranty and were defects, now that I am at 110000 km I am told it is not a defect and I have to pay for it. This car has never been in an accident therefore how is it that the airbag modules keep having a problem?

- Wpg, UN, USA

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problem #6

Dec 242002

Maxima

  • miles
Letter on behalf of anthony a abele concerning non deployment of front and side air bags during a crash involving 1998, Nissan Maxima.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 261999

Maxima

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1) air bag light went on for no apparent reason on 2/26/1999. Dealer fixed problem. Same problem occurred on 7/21/2001. Still needs to be fixed. 2) fuel gauge more that 25-50% inaccurate, has randomly occured 6 times since 1999.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012000

Maxima

  • miles
Airbag warning light continued flashing during operation. Took to dealer. Dealer first diagnosed that air bag control unit needed replacement. Dealer next reported that right side air bag module needed replacement; right side module was nor available. Dealer put original control unit back in auto. Air bag light no longer flashed. Dealer diagnosed that air bag failure no longer existed. Upon my next use of auto, air bag light was again flashing continuously. Second defect, heater fan ticking noise; dealer installed insulator to deaden the noise.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 041998

Maxima

  • miles
The car was sold new with a defective airbag light-we didn't notice it until after we signed the purchase papers. We were told to return it the next day for repair! since then we have tried to have it repaired four additional times, but the light comes on within an hour or two after we leave the shop. It is not clear to me if the airbag system is truly functional.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 281999

Maxima

  • miles
No deployment of both air bags during collision with abandoned vehicle.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 281999

Maxima

  • miles
Major frontal accident -- no airbags (driver or passenger) deployed !!!!

- Buffalo, NY, USA

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