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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,111 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #79

Mar 202015


  • 38,000 miles


Passenger air bag sensor again not functioning properly. It was repaired by Nissan after first recall.

- Wimberley, TX, USA

problem #78

Feb 282015

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Driving at 55 mph and noticed the passenger airbag light was lit indicating the passenger airbag was disabled. My wife is over 135 lbs and had her seatbelt on. I pulled over and put car in neutral. Did not fix problem. Put in park and restarted car and light went out. This has occurred previously and solution was the same. I took a picture of the light with wife in the seat. Reported to dealership and he said sometimes the onboard computer gets confused and the restart clears the issue. He said the weight was an issue although fed guidelines are 108 lbs. He also said that the seatbelt would do the job and that airbags would only result in injury to the passenger... told him I was not buying his bs.

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #77

Sep 072013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 550 miles
My aunt was a passenger in my car. She weighs approximately 110lbs. I noticed on several occasions when she was in the car that the passenger airbag light did not go out. When this happened I asked her to exit the vehicle then sit back down. This seems to temporarily solved the problem. When I took the car in for service there was a recall for the vehicle airbag. After the service the dealer told me the problem was corrected. However, periodically I noticed that the problem still persisted. Just recently a friend who is approximately 170lbs was in the front seat. The airbag light stayed on. She exited the vehicle and then sat back down but the light stayed on for a few minutes of driving before going off.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #76

Jun 112014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated while driving various speeds, the air bag passenger's side warning light remained illuminated even with an occupant present. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system) and the VIN was included. The dealer was unable to locate a problem and informed that the passenger did not weigh enough and contributed to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #75

Jun 012014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Vehicle has repeated problems of the passenger side air bag. The consumer stated in June 2014, he received a received recall notice R1405 to reprogram the software. The reprogramming was complete, but did not resolve the problem so he had to return the vehicle to the dealer for another reprogram, but to no avail. On December 1, 2014, the consumer returned to the dealer so they could replace the seat sensors to eliminate the problem which did not fix the issue. The dealer claimed it might be a controller that needed to be replaced. The dealer advised the consumer not to drive the vehicle, until the issue was resolved.

- Whispering Pines , NC, USA

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problem #74

Dec 162014


  • 56,891 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact's vehicle was struck on the rear driver side by another vehicle. The contact's vehicle spun around into the grass facing the opposite direction. The driver side air bag failed to deploy. The contact was injured and received medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 56,891.

- Vawson Springs, KY, USA

problem #73

Jun 032013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles


Back in June 2013 we found that the passenger airbag light would indicate the passenger airbag was off even if an adult over 5 foot 4 inches and over 150 lbs with seat belt on was in the passenger seat sporadically. We took it to the dealership because there was a recall for 2013 Pathfinders, according to our dealer ours was not included though even though the light would come on. They said because they could not reproduce the issue (they tried a few time) and that they would not fix it, but that they did perform a re-calibration on it. A year later I got notice the recall had been expanded to include my Pathfinder so I took it back in and they said they performed the recall however a week later we got the warning again that the airbag was off so the procedure they did, not fix our issue. I contacted Nissan corporate and was assured by [xxx] that they knew that the recall work did not always fix it but they had information they were not giving to the dealers that he could discuss with them to fix it. I was given case number [xxx] and I took it back in on November 16th. We dropped it off and that day they told us no work was to be performed because they could not recreate it. I informed him that back in early November the light came on again and that it was sporadic and the dealership advised they could do nothing. I gave them [xxx] info with Nissan and neither him nor I could get a hold of him that week so I picked the car back up and contacted Nissan corporate and was given the run around after being given a new case number of [xxx]. the bottom line is a recall for my car has been mandated by NHTSA, but what was performed on my vehicle did not work and Nissan is not fixing it or even trying to work with me. I do have photo proof that there is still an issue and that the airbag off light illuminates even when it should not. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #72

Jul 012013

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 1,000 miles
This is an ongoing intermittent problem. It has re-occurred in October and again yesterday, December 2,2014. I was sitting in the passenger seat and the passenger "airbag off" indicator came on. We drove for 45 minutes at 55 mph and that indicator light never went off, meaning that the passenger airbag would not discharge in an event of an accident. The car was brought in many times last year during the summer and after complaints to Nissan customer service a mechanic came to evaluate car and he did some work on it and the problem disappeared for some time. It started to re-occur recently and I brought it to Nissan 112, who told me there is no problem detected and computer did not throw a code. I have video and photos of this indicator light on while I am sitting in the passenger seat. They insist the vehicle is safe to drive.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #71

Jun 012014


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when the front passenger side seat was occupied, the air bag failed to activate. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on three occasions where it was repaired, but the failure persisted. The repairs were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Mountian Home, ID, USA

problem #70

Sep 032014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 39,560 miles
I have had my vehicle in on three seperate occasions for the passenger side air bag sensor coming on while a person over 100# is sitting in the passenger seat. The sensor light says that the air bag is off while a person is sitting in the seat. They have reset the sensor several times and it is still not fixed. I am concerned that if I get in an accident my passenger (usually my daughter) will not be safe because there is a chance that the air bag will not deploy. I was told by the service advisor that if I was that worried or concerned that I shouldn't have anyone sit in that seat and just have them ride in the middle row or the back row. Who would spend $28,000 on a vehicle and not have it safe?? I was appalled when the service advisor told me this. This will be my last Nissan I ever purchase. I asked them to replace the sensors and was told that Nissan would not authorize this repair because they don't know why the sensor is not working. The computer does not register fault codes. I have taken several pictures with different people sitting in the seat while the sensor light is on indicating the air bag is off.

- Kingsley, MI, USA

problem #69

Jun 202014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 22,855 miles


The passenger airbag system is faulty even after being 'fixed' per ntb14-027. Our truck has been at the dealer 3 times for the same problem, though we've had the issue more times than we've brought it in. We have several videos and pictures of this problem. The airbag sensor will illuminate despite a passenger weighing over 120lbs in the seat. And other times the sensor will not come on as it should when a child is sitting in the seat - we did this as a test without driving and the light would not come on. I just don't know if the airbag is actually going to work in the case of an accident.

- Holly Springs, NC, USA

problem #68

Sep 192014


  • 8,500 miles
The air bag indicator light indicating the air bag is disabled intermittently lights when an adult passenger is occupying the seat. This has been an on going problem with this car. We first notified Nissan approximately in August 2013 and was told there were no issues. Then the recall notices came out in April or may of 2014 and we had the recall fix applied. The OCS still intermittently lights when a passenger occupies the front seat. Sometimes this can be reset by turning off and then turning on the car.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #67

Sep 252014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
My 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has intermittently lit up the disabled passenger air bag light while a full-sized adult was seated correctly in the front passenger seat. My OCS module was reprogrammed in may, in accordance with the recall. Yet, my car still chooses to classify correctly a seated adult weighing 150 lbs to 280 lbs as either an empty seat or one occupied by a child or small adult, shutting off the air bag accordingly. When the air bag is off, no amount of fidgeting or re-positioning will make the OCS reclassify the passenger (contrary to what the safety service bulletin update says). The dealership told me on my last visit concerning this matter that if my passenger is reclined or leaning on the door, it would disable the airbag. The last time this happened, I had my passenger, a 6 ft, 240 lb man shift to try to get the OCS to reclassify him, to no avail. The only way to resolve the issue was to stop the car, turn it off and wait a few minutes. I should also mention that the dealership refuses to replace the sensors since no error codes are stored in the system. My car has just come back from another "repair" at the dealership, where I was told there is nothing wrong with it. They handed me a stack of papers that explain that this sometimes happens for the passenger's own protection, and gave suggestions that included my above "fix." It is insane to suggest that the system is working properly, but I might have to stop my car and wait a minute to make it do what it was supposed to do on start up. For others with this issue, the papers also suggest that the OCS can be taking too long to classify your passenger because your A/C fan speed is set too high. The "fix" is that you should sit and sweat so the properly functioning OCS can determine the correct classification for your passenger.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #66

Jun 032013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
Passenger airbag off light has came on several time in the year plus I have owed my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Re programming has been done twice on computer software and both driver and passenger sensors have been replaced and the same day the airbag off light came on twice. Will notify dealer tomorrow.

- Belpre , OH, USA

problem #65

Feb 042014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 5,926 miles
The passenger airbag does not activate and remains "off" consistently when there is a passenger sitting in the passenger seat. Recall work was performed on the occupant classification system, and five vists later the problem still persists.

- Endwell, NY, USA

problem #64

Apr 152013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The airbag light comes when someone is sitting in the passenger seat. This happens no matter the size of the person sitting in the seat, 130lb to 230lb. It happens at random. It happens when I start the car, the light comes on and does not go off. Sometimes it will go off after I drive it for a while. I have had it to the dealer multiple times and they have reprogrammed it, but it has not solved the problem. The dealer says that it happens on a lot of the Pathfinders and Nissan has told them it is normal. The dealer said they don't believe it is normal, but until Nissan changes their position, there is nothing they can do. This is a serious safety issue and it sounds like many Pathfinder owners are having the same problem and Nissan is not willing to resolve it.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #63

Jun 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Air bag sensor in passenger seat does not detect a person at all times. My daughter weighs 120 and it will not detect her when she is in the vehicle.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #62

Aug 162014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 12,100 miles
Passenger airbag light came on with a occupant in the seat, person weight 120 lb, and the car was reprogram before with a recall notice, issue still the same, happened some times, and I have to stop the car and turn it off and restart and the light turn off, this is an issue needs to be resolve do to a safety issue.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #61

Dec 022013


  • 2,383 miles
The airbag sensor light comes on when my wife (130 lbs) is in the passenger seat. It was taken to the dealership and there was apparently a recall. This did not remedy the situation, as it occurred again several times. It was taken back to the dealership and they did a reprogram, yet again. The problem is the occupant sensor, I was told. Again, it has continued to happen. I called again and they were really great and got me in the next day. They said that some of the vehicles just didn't take to the reprogram for some reason. It was fine for a while, but then just this past week it has started coming on again. This significantly jeopardizes the safety of the person in the passenger seat if there is ever to be an accident. This vehicle was purchased brand new and currently has around 6500 miles on it. The other concern will be down the road when I would sell it. The problems represent an inherent breach of implied warranty and therefore have damaged the reputation and value of my vehicle.

- Sayre, PA, USA

problem #60

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact received a notice for recall NHTSA campaign number 14V138000 (air bag). However, the recall has exceeded the reasonable time. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer had been notified of the problem.

- Baskin Ridge , NJ, USA

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