really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,146 miles

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2013 Nissan Leaf seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2013 Nissan Leaf Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 182016


  • 30,000 miles


I had an adult passenger sitting on the front passenger seat with her 8lb dog. She weighs 83 lbs. The airbag light showed that the airbag was shut off. Another time I place a grocery bag with two bags of frozen potatoes and a quart of ice cream on the seat, the "no airbag light" shut off. When I removed the bag the the airbag off light whent on.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 282016


  • miles
After receiving a recall notice, I made an appointment at nalley Nissan of chamblee, ga to have the occupant classification system (recall 16V-244) recall repair made in my Leaf. I made the appointment for July 28, 2016, after being told the part for the repair would be available for me then. On July 28, 2016, I picked up my car from the dealership, and was told that the recall service had been successfully performed. However, 2 indicator lights on the dash board related to the airbag problem were still flashing. On July 29, 2016, I called nalley Nissan to complain that the lights were still flashing and to ask why I was assured the recall service had been performed, if it had not; I was assured that someone would call me back to explain or schedule supplemental service of my car. However, no one ever called back. Subsequently, I received a survey by email asking about my service experience, which I completed with negative feedback. During the week of August 1, a woman called in response to my survey and made an appointment for me to drop off the car for the airbag recall service today, August 11. After dropping off my car today, I was informed by the service department that they once again do not have the parts. I was also told that on 7/28, they performed a different recall service, not the airbag. I have been told repeatedly that the airbag fault is "not a safety issue." I have asked for information about what the fault does (does the airbag always inflate" never? which one"), but received only contradictory information. I have two children, aged 10 and 12, who weigh under 100 lbs. If the airbag always deploys, I would put an adult in front. If the airbag never deploys, I would put a child in front if needed and scoot the seat all the way back. I feel that Nissan is not making repair parts and information available to me and that it is a big safety issue.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

problem #4

Dec 012014


  • miles
While driving, the right front airbag light activated, indicating that the airbag was off. This occurred and continues to occur, regardless of the passenger's weight, or the absence of a passenger. Nissan serviced the vehicle once before with a "software update" that did nothing to correct this very serious defect. How many victims need to die or become crippled before this is corrected?

- Felton, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172014


  • 17,379 miles


Vehicle was being driven between 25-30 mph when there was a "pop", vehicle jerked to the right causing it to hit curb (crash) and deploy top curtain and right door airbag. Vehicle was towed into to Nissan dealership, inspected by the dealership, and re-inspected by Nissan North America over the past 30 days. Right front tire was perpendicular to car and defect with tie rod / suspension is our expressed concern.

- Glenwood, IA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012014


  • 12,000 miles
Passenger airbag randomly turns off, while someone is sitting in it. I've taken this to the dealer 4 times now and still have the issues.

- North Ogden, UT, USA

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problem #1

Jul 022013


  • 1,500 miles
Passenger airbag shows off when passenger in the seat is a typical adult, ~130 pounds. The underseat sensor (ods occupant detection system) is not calibrated - needs about 160 pounds to sense a person in the seat. Nissan had a recall (March 2013) for this exact problem. They claim that this vehicle was not included. It is a safety issue. Nissan hotline ([xxx]) says take it to the dealer. The dealer says call Nissan. This car needs to be a part of the recall. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

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