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 2005-2007 Xterra appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

The same defect exists in the Pathfinder & Frontier as well. And according to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,181 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.

2006 Nissan Xterra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 012016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 292016


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. After making a left turn at approximately 10 mph, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The contact's vehicle flipped and the front driver side seat belt unfastened without warning. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries that did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a body shop where it was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V690000 (air bags). The failure mileage was approximately 190,000.

- Chunchile, AL, USA

problem #6

Feb 162016


  • 176,953 miles
Check engine light came on, took my truck to the dealer to have a diagnostic check, was told by the service staff that the transmission was contaminated with coolant that had leaked from the radiator. Upon further research, I discovered that other Nissan makes, models between 2004-2006 had a design flaw which caused the problem in which I now face.. I contacted Nissan for some financial assistance on the repair on my transmission, since it appears that the issues related to my problem are from a flaw in the designs of the vehicle. I was told that because my mileage was over a 100,000 miles and past the warranty, that there wasn't anything that could be done as far assisting me with the repairs. I will never buy another Nissan product again.... it should be also noted that there was a class action lawsuit again Nissan regarding the very problem that I'm faced dealing with...

- Ferguson, MO, USA

problem #5

May 262015


  • 94,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that the type of air bags the vehicle was equipped with were no longer produced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle could not be repaired. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 072013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 69,995 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 08V690000 (air bags) but the manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 69,995.

- Madison, WI, USA

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problem #3

Sep 012011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the driver side air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to dealer but was not inspected. The dealer stated there was a recall under nhsta campaign id number: 08V690000 (air bags frontal) but the contact's VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and a claim was filed with the manufacturer. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was 90,000. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #2

Apr 102010


  • 7,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact was driving into an intersection when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The front end of the vehicle was severely damaged. There was one reported injury. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed to a local body repair facility for repairs. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 7,500.

- South Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052010


  • 65,000 miles
The airbag deactivator sensor, located inside the passenger side seat of our Nissan Xterra leaked the fluid inside the car. Our first indication of a problem was a burning feeling in the throat, nose and eyes. The coins in the car turned green. We discovered the leak and removed the seat from the car. The local dealership did not know what was in the fluid filled sensor and made no attempt to find out. Our insurance company has been trying for 2 weeks to get an answer from Nissan on this product with no results. The repair shop has never seen this issue and has not been able to find out what is in the sensor bag. The inside of the car has corroded, rusting all metal inside the car. This damage is continuing since the seat was removed destroying all metal inside the car. The car has been deemed a write off by the insurance company. Everyone with exposure to this fluid that created a gas in the car, has had an ongoing throat burning and headaches. We have a contact person at Nissan America but they have not contacted us with any information on the product.

- Gilroy, CA, USA

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