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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,110 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #124

Dec 092013


  • 3,884 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the front passenger's side air bag warning indicator illuminated for twenty minutes as an occupant was seated. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken dealer for diagnosis, who was unable to locate the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V244000 (air bags) however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,884. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Boswell, PA, USA

problem #123

May 232016


  • miles
Since the day we bought this brand new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder vehicle the orange passenger side airbag light stays illuminated almost all of the time while passenger is in the front seat. We have taken the vehicle to cherry hill Nissan dealership at least 4 times complaining about the passenger airbag light being on even with an adult passenger sitting in the front seat. (and then with no one sitting in the seat - sometimes the light is on, sometimes it is off) all those times I got an explanation that it is just a software glinch and they try some fix that does not work. They updated the computer software but to date almost every single time there is a passenger in the seat the airbag light will come on. I'm just worried that if the vehicle will get in an accident and someone is sitting in the front, that someone is not protected from the impact.I have called Nissan Consumer Affairs who told me not to let anyone sit in front seat - that's not a very good solution and for the cost of the vehicle I should be able to allow people to sit in my front seat especially when due to the # of people I need to use the front seat.

- Hainesport, NJ, USA

problem #122

May 022016


  • 68,000 miles
The vehicle was purchased in May 2015. The vehicle had 54K miles. Within 45 days of purchase noticed that while pulling into traffic the vehicle would hesitate. This was also noticed when beginning from a complete stop. Took the vehicle into Liberty GMC in peoria, AZ where it was purchased. Was told that it was sent to Nissan and they did some reprogramming. Got the car back and it continued the same issues. Took back a week later and supposedly they put a new transmission on the vehicle. Well here we are 1 year later and the same issues are happening again. This time with the added bonus of a clunk when you hit the accelerator. Will be taking in again next week. Second issue is with my wife ( who is 8 months pregnant) sitting in front passenger seat the light saying airbag is off stays on. Nissan seems to not be taking some of these issues very seriously.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #121

Apr 302016


  • 34,000 miles


Passenger airbag monitor light stays on with an adult sitting in the passenger seat. This happens often.

- Due West, SC, USA

problem #120

May 142014


  • miles
Numerous times I took the vehicle to the dealership ( dick scott Nissan of canton ) complaining about the passenger airbag was lid on even with an adult passenger was sitting in the front seat. All those times I got an explanation that there is nothing wrong with the system. They won't even write it up as a complaint. They updated the computer software but to date I still noticed every now and then the passenger airbag light will come on. I'm just worried that if the vehicle will get in an accident and someone is sitting in the front, that someone is not protected from the impact.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

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problem #119

Apr 272016


  • 50 miles
Airbag light shows that there is no passenger in the seat when a adult sits in the seat

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #118

Nov 152015


  • 35,500 miles


Took car in because airbag light was staying on with an adult sitting in the passenger seat while the car was bother stationary and in motion. Dealer updated software and light went out for a couple of weeks. Then I had the same problem intermitently. I took the car back in, they tried to update the software again but it wouldn't work. The dealer said the only solution was to replace the OCS, but they said they would do it at cost. I thought that if it was a safety concern the maufacturer was to repair it at their cost not mine.

- San Tan Valley, AZ, USA

problem #117

Mar 012016


  • 41,068 miles
I just purchased my vehicle last week. When I bought the vehicle the airbag light was on and even when someone was in the passenger seat. The airbag light was still on stating the passenger airbag was turned off. I was advised there is a recall out for this issue. This situation seems similar to a couple other recalls on the 2013 Pathfinders. I'm unsure if the repairs were done before I purchased the vehicle but if they were the issue still remains. Since there are no open recalls from my vehicle. Either my vehicle wasn't included in the recalls or the repairs were attempted but the problem remains. I just want the vehicle to be safe for me and my family.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #116

Feb 162016


  • 53,000 miles
Occupant classification system is incorrectly saying that the passenger seat is empty, when in fact occupied by an adult. Nissan is saying that based on my VIN# my vehicle is not part of the current recall for this same problem. This may lead to serious injury and/or death of a passenger if involved in an accident.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #115

Feb 122016


  • 21,000 miles
Vehicle stalls at various times while driving, will not accelerate while pressing on gas pedal. Has now happened 6 times in 3 months. Stalled also, while on cruise control going downhill and would not engage until on level surface for 15 seconds, lost 35 mph during this incident. Passenger side front airbag light is illuminated indicating that no one is in seat while seat is occupied. I have several photos and dates of this particular problem.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #114

Jan 072016


  • miles


I have a recurring problem with the front passenger seat airbag sensor light staying on when someone is in the seat. I have taken the car to the dealer five times since I have owned it. Even after the mandatory recalls the problem sporadically still exists. Sometimes the light stays on briefly and other times it stays on up to thirty minutes. I never get a good explanation by the service department other than we checked or adjusted the sensor. After three years I think it is time Nissan steps up and fixes the problem properly. It appears the dealerships cannot do anything without the cooperation of Nissan corporate or government action. It does no good complaining to the service personnel. I feel this is a safety issue that needs to be addressed again.

- Calabash, NC, USA

problem #113

Dec 122015


  • 47,000 miles
Takata recall while the vehicle has been in motion, the airbag light has remained on several times while the seat has been occupied. 7 attempts at repair have been attempted, including replacing parts and updating sensors. I have all repair documents from 2 Nissan dealerships along with Nissan' letter and email that they were not in a position to help me.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #112

Feb 022015


  • miles
Transmission slipping and sputters and airbag light comes on when anyone is I the seat.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #111

Sep 302015


  • 14,000 miles
While turning at a stops sign on a city street, going approximately 5 mph, I hit a shallow pothole & my entire passenger side airbags deployed. The airbag hit my 8 year old daughter in the face who was sitting in the back passenger seat. This caused her to have swelling, redness & whelps to the right side of her face & neck. I submitted a claim to Nissan to which they determined that they were not liable for the damages caused by the airbags to the interior of my vehicle.

- Talihina, OK, USA

problem #110

Oct 312015


  • 40,134 miles
I continue to get intermittent warning lite about passenger air bag not activated when there is an adult in the passenger seat. The car has had the recall for this performed already however it still persists regardless of car motion.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #109

Sep 052014


  • 23,000 miles
Passenger air bag light remains on when my mother is the front passenger seat. She only ways about 90 lbs, Nissan says this is a childs weight and the person should be in the backseat. I complained to the dealer and they had a factory representative call me. They told me the same thing, I should put my mother in the back seat. I had many vehicles in my lifetime and this is the first time I had this issue. Is this an issue with all Nissan. We also have a 2015 Kia optima and that airbag warning works fine.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #108

Oct 092015


  • 19,845 miles
The airbag sensor randomly does not detect a full size adult in the front passenger seat and therefore shuts off the air bag. This has happened on many occasions and these are full grown adults sitting in the front passenger seat. This SUV has been in for a recall O N this sensor, but that still did not resolve the issue. I have attached a picture taken on 10/9/2015, showing the airbag shutoff light illuminated, with a full grown male passenger sitting in the front passenger seat

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #107

Sep 052015


  • 29,000 miles
The passenger side airbag light stayed lit with a 250 lb passenger in the seat until we reached our destination. We reported it to the dealership, they could not find any problems, and couldn't duplicate it. It usually happens if the passenger gets in as the car is being started.

- Socorro, NM, USA

problem #106

Nov 282014


  • 10,000 miles
I was driving my car into a gravel driveway, I braked on the pavement to make my turn, turning into the gravel driveway, when I pressed on the brake pedal to slow the car, I had absolutely no brakes. The car would not stop. I had to quickly turn the car to avoid hitting another vehicle and a building, and had to slam the transmission into park to get the vehicle to stop. I contacted the dealership, advised them of the issue, as they were over an hour away, they sent someone with a trailer to come pick up the car. During this time, I also advised them of the passenger airbag light coming on while I had a passenger in the seat, stating that the airbag was off. My passenger was my teenage son, weighing over 120 lbs. I also had my husband in the seat, over 250 lbs, the light still came on. Nissan stated this was all due to a computer issue, they provided me with a loaner car as I was without my car for over 1 week. They even tried to sell me the loaner car, this should tell a person something right"? I have had weather stripping come off my car while I am driving, around the driver side roof, paint is peeling on the rear bumper, sometimes the car won't recognize my key fob to start, stating incorrect key id. The car stalls, hesitates, smokes, transmission "jerks", like it wants to give up, the ac does not blow cold air, sometimes its even warm. I will not let anyone drive my car for fear that it will stall out or not stop. Sometimes, when you press the gas pedal, the car will not move, or it hesitates to move. I have another recall to have repaired, the hood latch...with the dealership over an hour away, working full time, they only repair recalls during the week, how am I supposed to have it fixed, when the hood latch fails and I wreck" seriously, recall the vehicle, it has so many safety recalls, its just not safe.

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #105

Apr 012014


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the passenger side frontal air bag warning light illuminated while the passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system); however, the recall remedy failed. The vehicle was taken back to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Lewisville , TX, USA

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