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 2014 has a small, but significant number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the Pathfinder's transmission shakes violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,994 miles

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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.

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #17

Apr 262015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 18,000 miles


Passenger side airbag not working.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #16

Mar 062015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
My passenger airbag light is lite when someone is sitting in seat saying the airbag will not activate...this still is happening even after taking it to dealer for recall...I took it back to them with this concern and they told me that the computer says it didn't happen...I have does it on occasion...should I be concerned when the light is on and passenger is in seat? also, very bad blind spot on driver side /side view mirror and column almost hit several people...there should be a blind spot warning....I shared concerns with of the techs has a 2013 and has the same why wasn't it reported...and corrected...they did in the rogue.

- Hadley, MA, USA

problem #15

Dec 162014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 700 miles
Passengers airbag light came on showing air bag off even thou passanger seat was occupied. Light has came on at least twice since then while passenger seat was occupied. I had the same problem with a 2013 Pathfinder which was replaced with the 2014. In the event of a crash this could result in more serious injuries or death if air bag did not deploy.

- Belpre, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 172014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 3,000 miles


I have had the car back to the dealer on 4 different times, they claim to have fixed the airbag, but after the fix my light continues to be on intermittently even when an adult is in the passenger seat. I was told by the dealership that Nissan said the airbag would deploy even though the light wasn't working. I feel that Nissan is not honoring their warranty, I bought a new car and the light isn't working and I can't be sure the airbag is working either. I have also had problems with the electronic key, I was given a new battery in my fob but I still continue to get a no key detected at different times even when the car was running the dash will all of a sudden say no key detected. My last problem is with the car rolling back on a hill, I purchased an automatic, when stopped on a hill I have to gun the accelerator to stop the car from rolling back on the car behind me. The dealership informed me to treat the car like a manual and put my foot on the brake and the accelerator. The dealership told me there is nothing they can do that Nissan will not repair anymore transmissions. This is totally unacceptable for a new car, if there is a problem with the transmission they should fix it. Again I have had my SUV into the dealership multiple times for this problem.

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #13

Jan 222014


  • 100 miles
Within a few week of purchasing the vehicle we received a recall on the air bags concerning the passenger air bag and a small person. This was performed. Later the warning light would come on when my wife, 106 pounds, was riding as a passenger. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they had it for a few days and I believe replaced something. The problem continued, intermittently, when my wife sat in the passenger seat. I returned the car to a dealer two weeks ago and all they did was give me several sheets of papers, mostly from the handbook, about how the person must sit in the seat, in the center with their back against the seat back, feet on the floor, the heater fan off and even if the air bag did not deploy they were still well protected. They also said, in so many words, that this was all they were allowed to do. In other words Nissan was not going to do anything. To expensive I guess. A friend of ours works for Nissan and told us that Nissan is well aware of this problem and has no plans to do anything about it. He also indicated that it was just not a Pathfinder problem. So we have a thirty thousand dollar car and my wife has to sit in the back seat to be really save, or risk injury or death if we have a crash and the air bag does not deploy.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

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problem #12

Feb 022015

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
Can't seem to get the airbag fixed on this car since we purchased it. Dealer says there is nothing wrong with the passenger airbag. Every time she sits in the passenger seat the air bag off light stays illuminated indicating the airbag is off. Nissan can't fix the problem. So any time my wife sits in that seat the airbag won't work. Currently she weighs 130 pounds and is 22 weeks pregnant so there should be enough weight there to activate the airbag. Please help. Just had a recall done. Didn't fix the problem.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 182014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light intermittently illuminated, although the passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. No repairs were made and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,500. Updated 2/24/15 the dealer recalibrated the sensor. However, the warning lights illuminated again. Updated 03/02/15

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #10

Jan 042015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 11,000 miles
I was involved in a roll over accident and neither the driver or passenger airbags deployed. The side airbags did. The vehicle went head first into the ditch and then flipped over. The vehicle was recalled for the passenger airbag after I first bought it and supposedly "fixed." Obviously not. The driver side airbag did not deploy either. My Pathfinder is a total loss. This is definitely an issue. This vehicle has also had multiple other issues including the engine coils, transmission computer and finally the whole transmission has been replaced. Terrible in the snow and vibrates like crazy! this vehicle is obviously unsafe and garbage!

- Rotterdam Junction, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 282014


  • 2,900 miles
Passenger air bag does not detect adult in seat and suddenly turns air bag off while vehicle is moving, indicated by air bag light. The problem is intermittent and can be temporarily addressed by cycling vehicle power. Important to note is that the problem occurs after vehicle was returned to dealer due to the 2nd recall notice in this regard.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Nov 182013


  • 2,000 miles
The air bag light issue on the Nissan Pathfinder continues to be an issue for me. I have brought the car in to the service center in excess of 5 times over the course that I have had the car (purchased in October 2013) for the air bag light issue. When a passenger sits in the seat, the air bag off light may stay on during the course of the drive, indicating that the air bag is turned off. This does not happen every time a passenger is in the seat and only at random times. The service center has updated the system programming in accordance with the Nissan Pathfinder recall against the airbag issue. The service center has also replaced the air bag sensor. Over the course of time, none of these "fixes" have resolved the issue. I have come to find that it may be a programming issue with the air bag -- if a passenger is not fully seated and still at the moment the car is turned on, the sensor will not properly register the passenger weight. Typically, when the weight is undetermined or cannot be immediately read, the car will keep the air bag off light on assuming that it falls outside of the "adult weight" category. The light will remain on for at least another 10 minutes of driving when it finally re-registers the passenger weight. These types of situations can be characterized in multiple ways -- car turns on and passenger is still getting in seat; passenger sits down as the car is turning on; passenger is fully seated but slightly moves during the weight registration; etc. Regardless of the situation, when this happens, the driver can drive for a number of miles with no air bag until the sensor re-registers the passenger weight and realize an adult is in the seat. Nissan's programming of the air-bag sensor is not within the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for air bag safety. I request that the NHTSA please review Nissan's air bag programming and validate safety.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 192014


  • 2,257 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. When the front passenger seat was occupied, the air bag sensor would illuminate intermittently. This indicated that the passenger side air bag was deactivated. The dealer stated that the osc unit was faulty. The unit was replaced, but the failure recurred when a 125 pound passenger occupied the passenger seat. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was unable to find any defects with the air bag system. The dealer stated that the passenger side air bag should deactivate for passengers up to 130 pounds. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 2,257.

- Highland, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 232014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
Problem one-the airbag off light is on when a 200 plus pound occupant is in the front passenger seat. The recall has been performed and is continuing to fail. It has happened 4 times after the recall was performed. 3 times caught on film/ video and forwarded to the dealer and manufacturer. Nissan sent an engineer to ride with me on 7/31/2014 and blamed the government for the failure. He said that Nissan sets up the parameters based on the government guidelines and if the light is on and airbag is off that is because it needs to be on and disabled. Call me crazy but that sounds like horse crap and deflection to me. I can forward you the videos if you would like. Problem two- the cvt transmission started shuddering around 2200 miles and is continually getting worse. They performed a software update and said that should solve the problem. It has continually gotten worse. The Nissan engineer rode with me on 7/31/2014 and said that he felt the shudder and that it was a cost of achieving cafa standards and was acceptable. He stated that when most customers are told that the shudder is there because of fuel economy they accept it and are satisfied. He implied that I was just being difficult and hard to please. I informed him that I would not have purchased the vehicle if that was the way it drove at the test drive and expressed that it was constantly getting worse and he dismissed the claim.

- Saraland, AL, USA

problem #5

Jun 142014


  • 6,500 miles
Had vehicle at dealer regarding NHTSA campaign 14V138000. One day after visit, problem still exists. With 110 lbs. Passenger in front seat, airbag automatically turned off.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014


  • miles
2014 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to air bag light issues. The consumer stated he had the occupant classification system (OCS) adjusted by the dealer, but the supplemental air bag warning light intermittently illuminated when people who weighed over 120 lbs sat in the passenger seat.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 102014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
A) at 9+ miles shifter mechanism not recognizing I was in drive mode or started with I-key error, graduated to obd code P0850 over the next few miles. I was told the fob needed to be programmed. Cruise control not working, turned out the shifter mechanism was at fault - does not recognize vehicle is in drive more or parked or neutral. B) passenger side air bag indicator not working noticed at approx. 120 miles. Was instructed the seat needed calibration. Seat calibrated. C) told the airbag: Was told the issue was possibly the weight of the passenger, how the passenger sat in the seat etc. Later told the dtc code needed to be cleared. 3 hrs later was told the air bag control module needs to be replaced. D) passenger side airbag still not working at approx. 2500 miles. Intermittent after the airbag control module is replaced. E) airbag control module replaced - airbag indicator still not working correctly, Nissan Consumer Affairs told me the car is not going to be recalled. I should get the vehicle fixed at a dealer. Still Nissan does not think there is any major issue with the vehicle and it is not a lemon and should not be replaced. F) read all documents related to the recall notice on NHTSA's website. None of the documents mention the passenger side seat belt indicator (audio or visual indicator). Issue is when the passenger occupancy module fails, I believe the seat belt indicator is also not working correctly either. I wrote to Nissan Consumer Affairs they do not seem to care, NHTSA [xxx] instructed me to file a complaint. I just want Nissan to acknowledge and fix the seat belt issue along with the airbag so consumers are safe. I am not sure if the shifter is related or not but it is odd several electronic components failed. Dealer wants to replace all sensors, I do not think it will fix it. Nissan insists my vehicle is not involved in any campaign. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 212014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
I bought a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder platinum with 9 miles, I drove it home approx. 50 miles and found I was getting I-key system error. Dealer instructed me it was the fob programming error, then they inspected the car and told me a transmission switch was defective which prevented the ECM to recognize the car was in drive mode not in neutral or park. Within the next 50 miles the check engine light came on with P0850 error. Mechanic fixed the issue after several days, not the passenger side airbag (on/off) indicator is intermittent even when an adult over 140lbs is sitting on the passenger seat. Sometimes it is not off as required. I think both issues could pose risks to passengers and may cause accidents. I am not a mechanic so I am not sure if the shifter switch has anything to do with the transmission problems directly or indirectly.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 122013


  • 1,500 miles
While driving the vehicle, the front passenger "air bag off" light illuminates while an adult is in the passenger seat. The light stays on until the engine was turned off. This happened 4 times and the vehicle has 2000 miles and rarely has a passenger in the front passenger seat. The "air bag off" light illuminates to indicate when the passenger air bag is turned off. If the vehicle was in a crash at this time, the passenger air bag may not deploy. The vehicle was brought to the dealer for repairs, but the dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

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