really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,475 miles

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2008 Nissan Frontier seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 222016


  • 113,000 miles


On the 22nd of July 2016, my 2008 Nissan Frontier deployed both sides of its curtain airbags. I was traveling at roughly 3-5 mph on freest road 618 outside of camp verde, Arizona. The road had a slight inclin of maybe 1-2%, with slightly muddy ground due to it raining. My Frontiers front left tire rolled onto a rounded rock no taller than 4-5 inches tall and slipped off of it to the left. The slipping off of the rock was when the curtain airbags deployed. I was in the drivers seat driving the vehicle and my little brother was in the passenger seat. My little brother suffered a rug burn like scrape on his neck where the bag impacted him. There are no signs of impact anywhere on the truck which was confirmed by a Nissan dealership service dept.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #10

Feb 082016


  • 82,000 miles
Passenger side airbag light on, vehicle 2008 Nissan Frontier with 82000 miles.

- Cherokee, NC, USA

problem #9

Nov 242015


  • 167,514 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not accelerate. In addition, the vehicle started smoking. The contact stated that the front driver's side air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence where it was diagnosed by an independent mechanic that the radiator and the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 167,514.

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #8

Jun 152015


  • miles


This is information on the front seat bag that is causing problems. The seat bag light is coming on. 19239355 ( case number).

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 192015


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. While starting the vehicle, the front passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that both the seat belt and the air bag seat cushion sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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problem #6

Aug 062014

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
One day, all of the sudden, the flashing red airbag indicator light started flashing on the dash. I noticed there is major safety recall on my vehicle model and year for this exact problem, I've called the dealer where I bought this truck new, bill rapp Nissan, syracuse, NY and another local dealer, burdick Nissan, North syracuse, NY and they both indicated that my vehicle is not on their vehicle recall list. My understanding of this recall is that their is very serious safety concerns that, if in an accident, potentially my airbags would not deploy.

- Marcellus, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 312012

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


The local Nissan dealership diagnosed an airbag flashing light on the dash as a faulty seat belt retractor at about 33,000 miles and took corrective action. They insisted that the problem was fixed and said that it is now covered under parts warranty. Over the next 15,000 to 20,000 miles the fixed it two more times as a seat belt retractor, however the last time the light began to blink I took the vehicle and they gave me a new cause of the light. I was then told it was the passenger seat air bag sensor and that it was faulty and that it would cost me 1200 dollars to fix. I know that Nissan has recent problems with air bags and in the past there has been a recall on the East coast concerning Frontier airbags. I would guess that Nissan Corp. Has larger issue with air bags and has been covering their tracks for years. I know I can't afford the $1200 repair bill to fix the problem and that now I am reluctant to have a passenger in the seat. I doubt that your Agency will have a remedy for this problem, as I have little faith in an Agency of government taking on a corporation as large as Nissan.

- Aurora, OR, USA

problem #4

May 272014


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. The contact was driving 68 mph and attempting to avoid a crash when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a barrier, and two additional vehicles. The contact mentioned that the air bags failed to fully deploy. A police report was filed of the incident and the contact sustained a fractured nose and a deep laceration to the head. The drivers of the two additional vehicles involved in the crash were also injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they would be sending an engineer to inspect the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was 53,000.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #3

Jan 152013


  • 59,708 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph during inclement weather, he noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that the front passenger side air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 59,708. The current mileage was approximately 59,750. The VIN was unavailable.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #2

Nov 252009


  • miles
The passenger seat airbag sensor will not register a passenger in the seat properly and is causing the airbag disabled light to illuminate on the dashboard, indicating the airbag will not deploy in an accident. This is an ongoing issue. It has been documented twice with the dealer, and once with the manufacturer who is refusing to escalate the issue.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202008


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. While driving 50 mph, the air bags deployed without a crash. The air bag indicator illuminated immediately after all the air bags (front, rear, and the ones near the sunroof) deployed. The manufacturer stated that an air bag technician would call him. The contact feels that the dealer was giving him the run around. The vehicle never lost power when the failure occurred and the vehicle was still at his residence. The contact sustained minor neck and back pains, in addition to facial burns from the air bags. The failure and current mileages were 22,000.

- Asbry, NJ, USA

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