Notes: There are no warning signs of the same "radiator leaked and killed my transmission" complaints that have plagued previous model years.

For earlier Pathfinder model years (2005-2008), a defect in the radiator allows engine coolant to leak into the transmission. However this defect doesn't appear to affect Pathfinders from 2009 & later. Nissan did include the 2009-2010 models when they extended their radiator warranty on 2005-2010 Pathfinders to 8 years/80,000 miles in response to the transmission defect.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2009 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 162010


  • 36,000 miles


I struck a deer while driving my 2009 Nissan Pathfinder. There was damage to the left front bumper and slight damage to the left front fender. Although it was not a high impact collision with the deer, the wiring from the bumper to the airbag was cut in two. The airbag light flashed on the dashboard, but the airbag did not activate. The body shop has been unable to repair the wiring harness because none are available. If a slight accident managed to sever the wires then what would happen in a high impact crash when the wires are severed. No airbag. Nissan needs to correct this defect immediately and they need to have parts on hand due to the shoddy workmanship and design of the wiring harness.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 302009


  • 0 miles
Passenger side airbag disengages when I sit in the seat (as if a child is sitting there.) I am an adult, 38 year old female, 5'2" weighing approximately 115 pounds. Whenever I am in the passenger seat, I will have no air bag if we are in an accident.

- Double Oak, TX, USA

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