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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,150 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.

2006 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 102016


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 40 mph, the air bags deployed without warning or impact. The contact's left arm, hand, and rib area were all injured. Medical attention was needed. The dealer diagnosed that the air bag control module unit was damaged and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not included in a recall. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Roper, NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 062016


  • 130,000 miles
Timing chain is messing up which its clear that all Nissan Pathfinders made from 2004-2010 have that problem as well as the automatic windows not working going up or down when using automatic as well as passenger airbag light going off randomly. Oh if it helps I worked at Nissan North America manufacturing and I can't even begin to tell you how managers would send defected parts to the line for assembly because they would always say "quantity over quality". its a shame and I hope that this will help push to hold Nissan responsible to fix what they already knew was bad.

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #8

Nov 172013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While making a left turn, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the air bags deployed and dislocated the contact's collar bone. In addition, the contact sustained face, neck, and shoulder injuries due to the air bag deployment that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable. MA 09/29

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The air bag light will come on and the air bag system is showing a fault code. There was a recall for this problem. Nissan recall id: 08V690000, but according to the dealer, my VIN is not covered by this recall. So my vehicle is having the same problem as others, but it just happens mine is not covered by this recall.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012013


  • 63,000 miles
Passenger air bag light started blinking again, and indicator says air bag is "off".

- Spokane, WA, USA

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problem #5

Jan 232013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
Noticed a few months ago that the light for the front passenger air bag was off when an adult was sitting in the front. I took it in for an oil change and the Nissan dealer said that the front air bag sensor in the seat was defective. So the air bag will not deploy if in an accident because it doesn't register that someone is there.

- Milton, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 012012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the service engine light illuminated, and the fuel system gauge displayed the incorrect fuel levels. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. A warranty letter was received from Nissan to repair the radiator crack assembly failure, but the vehicle did not qualify due to the mileage. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximately failure mileage was 85,000. The current mileage was 109,000. Updated 3/19/13 updated 3/29/2013

- Fayette , MS, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V690000 (air bags:frontal) and was repaired. After the repair, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician stated that the front passenger side seat belt would have to be replaced. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time. The technician stated that the front passenger side seat cushion would have to be replaced because of water damage. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 112007


  • 500 miles
A few months after I purchased my vehicle in 2007, I was in a car accident. However, my front-air bags did not deploy although the air-bag light came on and is still on till this day. I took the vehicle in to a Nissan dealer and they told me that the light is on because the airbag sensor wiring harness was damaged. I asked the service manager if the airbag sensor would come on even thought he air-bags never deployed. The service manager said that it is possible that the airbag light will come on and the airbag sensor wiring harness was damaged eventhough the airbags never deployed. There is a current a recall on the airbag sensor for this vehicle. I called Nissan and they told me that the air-bag sensor was covered under their extended warranty on the sensor. However, when I contacted the dealership to have it replaced they told me that since the sensor came on as of a result of an accident it was not covered under the sensor recall. I don't understand why the air-bag sensor light is still on eventhough the airbags never deployed. This seems like some sort of failure in the airbag system of the vehicle and not due to the accident.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 082008


  • 30,000 miles
I was in a front in car accident going around 45-50mph and my airbags did not deploy.

- North East, MD, USA

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