fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,123 miles

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2013 Nissan Maxima seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #12

May 112016


  • 50,000 miles


Passenger side airbag light comes on (which means the airbag will not deploy) when my son (over 120 lbs) sits in passenger seat. When no one is in the seat or just my purse the light stays off (meaning it would deploy).

- Zachary, LA, USA

problem #11

May 022016


  • miles
I have the same symptoms with my airbag that the 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima has. The passenger side airbag will always turn off when my wife sits in the passenger seat.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 182014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 6,033 miles
Passenger side airbag turns on and off with a passenger (weighing over 120 lbs.) seated with the seat belt fastened and the vehicle is in motion. The airbag shows off at times when the vehicle is first started if the passenger is already seated with their seatbelt fastened. Even taking the seatbelt off and getting up does not seem to make the light go off. Our Nissan service center explained to me that Nissan North America is aware of this particular problem, but since no resolution/fix has been determined, there is nothing they can do. The service department also verified that if the passenger airbag light is on, the airbag will not work! the service department said that I should not allow anyone in the passenger seat until the problem is fixed. After three separate attempts to get the passenger airbag fixed without success and the problem continuing I submitted the motor vehicle defect notification form to Nissan North America, Inc. Consumer Affairs department in franklin, tn.

- Saint Johns, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 192014


  • 8,000 miles


My air bag signal always shows that its not on. So it worries me because I noticed that if you weigh more than 120 it will pop up which makes me feel unsafe. The car is new and it shouldn't happen.

- Lywonn, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 082013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
Passenger side airbag off warning light turns on during drive while ~120lbs adult is sitting in the passenger seat. Sometimes turning off the engine and restarting fixes the issues. Other times requesting the passenger to get up and sit down fast fixes the issue temporarily. Problems reproduced many times. Please investigate.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #7

Jun 172014


  • 34,634 miles
While driving with an adult over 120lbs in the front passenger seat, airbag sensor would intermittently go off--signaling the airbag had been disabled (as if a child was in the seat). This occurred several times during a drive, and did not seem to correct itself.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 092013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 2,159 miles


Passenger supplemental restraint systems (SRS) status light was on while the vehicle was moving at approximately 35 mph with an adult passenger sitting in the seat. The light remained on for approximately 15 minutes. The second (2nd) incident happened on April 2 while the vehicle was moving at approximately 60 mph the SRS status light turned on. The light remained on for 30 minutes. The incident was documented with photographs. On April 3, 2014, the vehicle was brought into Nissan of burlingame for service in regards to the passenger SRS status light or error to the passenger SRS problem. Nissan of burlingame failed to duplicate the problem and returned the car without any service done to the vehicle. The third incident happened on May 18, 2014. While the vehicle was moving at 40 mph the passenger SRS (airbag) status light turns on. Again was documented with photographs and was returned to Nissan of burlingame on May 20, 2014 for service in regards to the passenger SRS. Nissan of burlingame failed to duplicate the issue and returned the car without any service/repair to the vehicle in regards to the passenger SRS indicator light error. Fourth incident occurred on May 22, 2014 at approximately 6:32pm while the vehicle was moving at 30 mph the passenger SRS status light turned on. The SRS status light remains on for approximately 15 minutes before the indicator light turns off. Again, the incident was documented with photographs. On May 23, 2014, vehicle was brought into Nissan of burlingame for service, but service advisor [xxx] deny to service the vehicle stating that they cannot do anything to the vehicle until further authorization from Nissan corporate usa. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Millbrae, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 052013


  • 500 miles
The air bag light on passenger side displays with a person weighing 120 pounds, indicating air bag will not be functional in a crash. Dealer said they haven't been notified of a recall.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 042014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 3,000. Updated 10/23/14 updated 4/13/2015

- Hampton, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 022014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 4,350 miles
When an adult is in the front passenger seat, the passenger airbag light will occasionally light up indicating that the airbag has turned itself off.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 012013


  • 250 miles
When I sit in the passenger seat the airbag light is illuminated, about 90% of the time....it may go off at some point, but even with 110 adult it is on so that the airbag is not active.

- Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 162013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 1,047 miles
The passenger side air bag does not activate with my wife in the seat. She is well over the 80 pound limit for activation. Seat was changed but did not change. Dealer service department says there is no fix. This is not acceptable.

- Marianna, FL, USA

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