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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,464 miles

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #26

Jun 042015

Pathfinder

  • 32,000 miles

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

Purchased pre owned 2014 Nissan Pathfinder sl 4X4 wit 30,000 miles from serra visser cullman, al Nissan dealer in May 2015. Shortly after purchase noticed passenger air bag light would malfunction (meaning showing that it was off) when someone was sitting in passenger seat. Even when no one was sitting in seat it would show air ag was active when it should be turned off. Took to same service dept. I bought vehicle from. They ran diagnostics and said vehicle was functioning as it should and to basically ignore light. I was told "trust me your air bag will activate". now vehicle has 37,100 miles and starting to notice the cvt transmission will shudder/judder at certain speeds. Take for instance yesterday between 20-25 mph the vehicle just started to jerk significantly. Took to serra visser Nissan in cullman and they said that there was a technical service bulletin out on the problem and that it needs reprogrammed. The cost was 105 at my expense. I declined because this should fall under the power train warranty and proceeded to call Nissan Consumer Affairs hotline to open case about issues. I have researched online and have read hundreds of complaints about the same exact problems. It seems that none of the reprogramming, replacing transmissions, torque converters even solves the problem. Ive even read where it is a design flaw in transmission. I'm hoping they put a recall out for these issues or by back vehicles. I dont feel safe in it and certainly dont believe owners should pay to have any of these issues resolved.

- Cullman, AL, USA

problem #25

Dec 302013

Pathfinder

  • 0 miles
The airbag in the passenger seat shows as "off" even when a full grown adult sits in the seat. The issue is intermittent but has been happening for quite some time. Communications with Nissan Consumer Affairs have resulted in no solution. They have indicated that since the computer is not showing an error code they cannot fix it. They did not acknowledge the long string of customer complaints on the subject.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #24

Sep 012014

Pathfinder

  • 2,800 miles
The passenger airbag off indicator light is coming on when there is a adult passenger is in the seat. After repeated complaints on it, nothing has been done by the Nissan service center to resolve the issue. I am forced to video capture every thing while driving to show it as a evidence, as they are not taking this seriously.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #23

Aug 152015

Pathfinder

  • 7,985 miles

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

The passenger side airbag light was staying on in my car, I took it to ray shultens and they put in new sensors and recalibrated the seat. The day after the repair as we were driving on the interstate I noticed the light was on and my son was in the seat. Him shifting in the seat did not change anything and the light stayed on which indicates the airbags will not deploy on the passenger side if we were in an accident. I had to pull off the interstate, have him get out and restart the car. This happened again this past weekend with myself as the passenger ( grown adult 5'6", 140 lbs). Today I took it into the dealership for repair, but was told they couldnt come up with any diagnostic codes and " that this is how the system works, there is no weight limitation on the system and if you shift in the seats it could turn off the airbag, and that this is normal and how the system was designed". I am concerned for the safety anyone driving in this car as a passenger. It is unbelievable to me that this can be considered "normal". this is a safety issue and my car should have a passenger side airbag in it that works!

- Hood River, OR, USA

problem #22

Feb 032014

Pathfinder

  • 4,000 miles
I have taken my Nissan to the dealership 5 times now for the same issue. The airbag light comes on, indicating that the airbag is deactivated, even when I am sitting on the front passenger side of the car. I am an adult women. I brought it up to their attention - they could not duplicate the issue. I told them that it does not do it all the time. Then it happened again - I took a picture, they said the same thing and did whatever to it - kept my car for a month, I went to pick it up and it did it again, while driving. This time I took a video, called it in to Nissan, again. They called in a specialist (why they didn't do it when they had the car for a month is beyond me). He looked at it and said there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. He continued by saying that the seat belt is all I really needed anyway. That if it happens again I need to turn the car off and wait 10 sec. And the car would realign itself, that it was probably due to the way I was sitting on the seat and the car knows what to do. I am done with Nissan - they are basically telling me that when it happens, let's say on the freeway, as it has, if I want the airbag, I need to pull to the side of the freeway (dangerous), let it sit for 10 sec. And then re-join traffic(dangerous) or I keep going without the benefit of the airbag. I bought the car because I wanted a safe car for my new grandchild - the salesman can testify to this. I can't trust the car, I will not sit anyone in the front passage seat because I do not know if the airbag will work when needed - but then again, according to Nissan - "all I really need is the seatbelt".

- Centerville, UT, USA

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problem #21

Jul 172015

Pathfinder

  • 23,985 miles
Over the last 6 months the front passenger air bag light will come on occasionally indicating the air bag is not working even though there is an adult in the seat that weighs over 140 pounds. Once we drove it that way to the Nissan dealer where the service manager saw the light on but said they had no way to fix it. We have no idea if the airbag would work if in an accident. The latest incident was July 17, 2015.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #20

Dec 152014

Pathfinder

  • 200 miles

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

The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. When the vehicle was turned on, the air bag warning light illuminated. When an adult was seated in the front passenger seat, the warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on five occasions where the air bag warning sensor was replaced; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #19

Apr 282015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 3,300 miles
Passenger air bag light stayed on with a passenger weighting 195# occupying passenger seat, light stayed on for approx 5 minutes. This is at least the fourth time light has been on for different lengths of time up to around 20 minutes at interstate speeds. Have had to Nissan dealer on 4 different occasions and been told no problem found.

- Belpre, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 212014

Pathfinder

  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the air bag warning light flickered. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V138000 (air bags), but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on more than three occasions where a code was reset. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 262015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 18,000 miles
Passenger side airbag not working.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #16

Mar 062015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles

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

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 pictures..it 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 dealer...one of the techs has a 2013 and has the same problem...so 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

Pathfinder

  • 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

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

Pathfinder

  • 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

Pathfinder

  • 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

Pathfinder

  • 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

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