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.

CarComplaints.com Notes: While there are fewer "radiator leaked into transmission" complaints for the 2008 model year, they are starting to pile up. Buyer beware.

Nissan has extended their radiator warranty on 2005-2010 Pathfinders to 8 years/80,000 miles. However the average mileage for transmission failure for earlier model years is 95,000 miles, which conveniently (for Nissan) is just past the limit of their extended warranty. Owners beware.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,828 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.

2008 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #15

Apr 052016

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, the air bag light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front crash zone sensor code B1033 failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V690000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 134,000. Updated 07/14/16 the repair was covered under warranty. Updated 08/03/16.

- Jefferson, MA, USA

problem #14

May 022016

Pathfinder

  • miles
Dealership said I have to replace the spiral cable and drivet airbag module and the cost will be 1443.19.

- Corrigan, TX, USA

problem #13

Jan 012015

Pathfinder

  • 104,557 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the air bags warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the air bags needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V690000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,557.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #12

Dec 222015

Pathfinder

  • 141,000 miles

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

Takata recall, I've been told several times that my VIN number is not part of the recall. I was recently in accident with major front end damage. I rear ended an SUV in the brooklyn battery tunnel. My speed was approx 15-25mph. My bumper cover, grill, radiator, transmission cooler, fan, fan shroud, headlight, S hood, etc have to be replaced, I've attached a picture. It should be pretty clear that the air bag should have gone off.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #11

Oct 152014

Pathfinder

  • 57,521 miles
The passenger side "airbag check" and seat belt warning light is on on my vehicle several months ago. They are on whenever the engine is on, whether there is a passenger on that seat or not. My car failed to pass inspection because of it. I noticed from the nhtas website that certain Nissan Pathfinder sold in Massachusetts in 2008 are included in the takata airbag recall. However, my car is not yet included in the recalling list. By the way, this vehicle has never been involved in any collision or other accident. Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.

- Northborough, MA, USA

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problem #10

May 182015

Pathfinder

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. After the vehicle was refueled, the fuel gauge displayed empty. In addition, the check engine and air bag lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel level sending unit and the crash zone sensor for the air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 10V075000 (fuel system) and 08V690000 (air bags). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #9

Feb 042014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles

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

There was a recall on my model of Pathfinder for air bag issues. It was repaired under that recall. At 94000 miles the issue manifested itself even after they supposedly fixed the issue. When there is nobody in the passengers seat the light on the dash will shutoff indicating there is somebody in the seat even when there is no passenger. The air bag sensor on the steering counsel will then start flashing that an error has occurred. I contacted Nissan corporate to advise them that the issue is still occurring for what my recall covered. They did not care they only advised me that the vehicle has already received the recall for that issue.. they then advised me that if 'd like it repaired I have to take it in for repair out of pocket at a Nissan dealer. They did not ask for any info at all just blew me off. I am writing today as I read in time magazine that NHTSA is opening an investigation into the airbag recalls on the newer models and Nissan failed to repair them properly. I am advising you that Nissan's recalls on the 2008+ also did not work, and Nissan refused to even acknowledged it when I called them and emailed them.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #8

Dec 062014

Pathfinder

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 60 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the driver's seat air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #7

Sep 232014

Pathfinder

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving various speeds, the supplemental air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crash zone sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Cazenovia, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 062014

Pathfinder

  • 52,940 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the air bag and weight sensor indicators illuminated. The dealer stated that the push in sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,940.

- Islip, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 022012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 81,395 miles

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

Service engine light came on, followed by airbag light. A diagnostic at the dealer showed the "sending unit" on the fuel gauge was not functioning and the airbag sensor was also not functioning. When I googled it, I found several recalls on this year/make/model (on your website). The fuel gauge system will say there is 1/4 gas when it's empty or will drop to "E" for empty when there is still gas in the tank. I now have to use my odometer to gauge my gas usage since I ran out of gas in the middle of an intersection at rush hour a few weeks ago. At the same time the service engine light came on for the sending unit issue, the red airbag light came on as well. So I'm driving around in a car that has faulty airbag sensors and fuel gauge sending unit. The two issues are doing the exact same thing the recall notices describe, yet it's not part of the recalls? I have been in contact with corporate Nissan via email twice now and they refuse to acknowledge these recalls apply to my vehicle/VIN #. I am the second owner of the vehicle (it was purchased via auction in New York) and thought that was why I had not received the recall notices. However, it turns out Nissan will not disclose which VIN numbers were part of those recalls and refuse to pay the repair services for either issue citing my VIN# was not included in the recall notices. Then why is my car doing exactly what is described in the recall notices?

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 262013

Pathfinder

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the air bag warning light flashed on and off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the warranty extension for NHTSA campaign number 08V690000 (air bags) was no longer being offered. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 83,000.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 022009

Pathfinder

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact experienced failure with the air bag remaining off, the headlight bulb constantly failed, the windows would operate intermittently and when depressing the brakes, the vehicle would exhibit an unusual noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times where the dealer replaced the head light bulb and advised the contact that the air bag, windows and brakes were operating as designed. The failures persisted and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed. The dealer diagnosed the failures at the window electrical wiring and the air conditioning compressor. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer but they would not be able to assist with the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 22,000 and the current mileage was 47,000.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 162010

Pathfinder

  • miles
I was in a head on collision on 8/16/10 in my 2008 Nissan Pathfinder traveling 60 mph and my airbag did not deploy.

- Natchitoches, LA, USA

problem #1

Aug 062008

Pathfinder

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While idling at a stop light, the vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle traveling 99 mph. None of the air bags deployed in the contact's vehicle. Four occupants were injured and a police report was filed. Through online research, the contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 08V690000 (air bags:frontal). She feels that her vehicle is very unsafe and wants to know why a recall was not issued. The mileages and VIN were unknown.

- Reading, PA, USA

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