Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
84,534 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 052016


  • 144,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving in a parking lot at 5 mph, the front driver and passenger side air bags and the third row side curtain air bags inadvertently deployed without warning. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- North Ogden, UT, USA

problem #10

Jun 302016


  • miles
When driving about 40 most speed limit it felt as if I was driving on safety strips on the highway like strudder.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 302015


  • miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder, vehicle rolled and the air bags did not deploy. According to the complaint, the driver was thrown from the vehicle, which resulted in her death.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #8

Feb 252016


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 60 mph, the front driver side curtain air bag inadvertently deployed. After the failure occurred, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was driven with caution to the destination. There was one injry that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #7

Jun 012014


  • 71,000 miles
Radiator leaked into transmission. Causing transmission failure. Also something went wrong and now they say there is something wrong with the seat that causes the passenger airbag not to work.

- Elizabeth City, NC, USA

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problem #6

May 062015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
A car ran into our lane made a sudden stop in front of me, to avoid hitting the car I turned to the right and hit a brick building. My air bag deploy on the driver side but not the passenger side. My wife was in the passenger side and she suffered a concussion she had her seatbelt on. Her face was badly bruised and is still receiving care.....updated 05-27-15 updated 9/17/2015

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #5

May 182011


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle jerked and felt as if it would stall without warning. The air bag light also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a Nissan dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the air bag failure, but the failure recurred along with the jerking failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 142015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 158,874 miles
While driving down to the title department the day after I purchased my newest vehicle I've ever owned I was hit with the sad reality of an untrue man selling me his problem my transmission has antifreeze in the fluid it will drive fine until it heats up and the fluid gets to the transmission it is not safe this should be a recall they no it's a problem and also my seatbelt light for passenger seat even when someone sit in that seat the sensor does not work.

- Rockwell , NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 202014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
The supplemental front air bag warning light stays on after 7sec when the car is started. The front passenger air bag status light stays off even when there is a passenger occupying the seat. Will have this check out at a Nissan dealership but would like to have this year model included in the recent recall.

- West Hills,, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 192008


  • 75,000 miles
I have changed 2 cepairatlotay coverter at 8600 then 6 mos later my tarmissions need to be radiator was replaced

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112008


  • 51,000 miles
Our airbag light started blinking so we brought it in for service to the Nissan dealership. They originally couldn't find anything wrong, reset the code and sent us on our way (not without trying to charge us $40 diagnostic fee). After a few hundred miles the light came on again. This time they told us the passenger airbag sensor was faulty and we'd have to replace the entire seat back at the tune of over $1000. We purchased the best warranty package you could get and it covers everything but the airbag sensor. Why would they single out that one thing to not be covered?

- Ramona, CA, USA

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