Notes: The 2013 has a growing number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the transmissions shake violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,944 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #66

Jun 032013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 300 miles


Passenger airbag off light has came on several time in the year plus I have owed my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Re programming has been done twice on computer software and both driver and passenger sensors have been replaced and the same day the airbag off light came on twice. Will notify dealer tomorrow.

- Belpre , OH, USA

problem #65

Feb 042014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 5,926 miles
The passenger airbag does not activate and remains "off" consistently when there is a passenger sitting in the passenger seat. Recall work was performed on the occupant classification system, and five vists later the problem still persists.

- Endwell, NY, USA

problem #64

Apr 152013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The airbag light comes when someone is sitting in the passenger seat. This happens no matter the size of the person sitting in the seat, 130lb to 230lb. It happens at random. It happens when I start the car, the light comes on and does not go off. Sometimes it will go off after I drive it for a while. I have had it to the dealer multiple times and they have reprogrammed it, but it has not solved the problem. The dealer says that it happens on a lot of the Pathfinders and Nissan has told them it is normal. The dealer said they don't believe it is normal, but until Nissan changes their position, there is nothing they can do. This is a serious safety issue and it sounds like many Pathfinder owners are having the same problem and Nissan is not willing to resolve it.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #63

Jun 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles


Air bag sensor in passenger seat does not detect a person at all times. My daughter weighs 120 and it will not detect her when she is in the vehicle.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #62

Aug 162014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 12,100 miles
Passenger airbag light came on with a occupant in the seat, person weight 120 lb, and the car was reprogram before with a recall notice, issue still the same, happened some times, and I have to stop the car and turn it off and restart and the light turn off, this is an issue needs to be resolve do to a safety issue.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

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problem #61

Dec 022013


  • 2,383 miles
The airbag sensor light comes on when my wife (130 lbs) is in the passenger seat. It was taken to the dealership and there was apparently a recall. This did not remedy the situation, as it occurred again several times. It was taken back to the dealership and they did a reprogram, yet again. The problem is the occupant sensor, I was told. Again, it has continued to happen. I called again and they were really great and got me in the next day. They said that some of the vehicles just didn't take to the reprogram for some reason. It was fine for a while, but then just this past week it has started coming on again. This significantly jeopardizes the safety of the person in the passenger seat if there is ever to be an accident. This vehicle was purchased brand new and currently has around 6500 miles on it. The other concern will be down the road when I would sell it. The problems represent an inherent breach of implied warranty and therefore have damaged the reputation and value of my vehicle.

- Sayre, PA, USA

problem #60

Jun 022014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact received a notice for recall NHTSA campaign number 14V138000 (air bag). However, the recall has exceeded the reasonable time. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer had been notified of the problem.

- Baskin Ridge , NJ, USA

problem #59

Jun 182014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
We first got a recall notice, and took the vehicle to the dealership. I asked them that other than the recall I needed them to see why the brakes on the vehicle squeak on occasions. They said everything was good and that the brakes didn't have anything. When my wife got in a vehicle collision a couple of days ago she had my 2 daughters 3 and 4 with her. The airbags in our vehicle didn't deploy and the other vehicles did. My wife was going 15 mph but the other vehicle was going about 65 mph. Thanks to god nobody in the vehicle got severely hurt other than scratches and bruises. The vehicle was not totaled and will be repaired, I am really concern for my family's safety driving this vehicle.

- Imperial, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 172013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
Bought my Pathfinder in August 2013 I love it!!! but noticed that the passenger airbag light illuminated when my son (119 pounds) sit's in the seat. This happen often. I pull over all the time turn off the SUV and restart several times until it goes off. Nissan finally did a recall on it but it has not gone away. Also it used to illuminate when I set my diaper bag on it which is supposed to but now after the recall "fix" it does not illuminate when something light weight is set on it. It has a mind of it's own and I am worried that it could possibly fail if we were to get into a collision. I have taken it in several times to check it but it always comes up as working properly. Please find a fix for this issue. The other issue I have found is when accelerating there is some kind of tugging/pulling/lagging feeling as if it does not want to pick up speed. It does however pick up speed but the "tugging" feels as if the SUV is going to stall out. What it this"?"

- Dewey, AZ, USA

problem #57

Sep 112013


  • 6,000 miles
I was driving the car about 20 to 25 mph but when I tried to brake the brake did not stopped the car and there was an accident my self and my girl friend got injured and we had to go for crayaprator for long time this car is not safe at all North american Nissan is not willing to work with me nor the abc Nissan where I bought the car. Bad customer service.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #56

Dec 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles


I noticed that occasionally when I was driving and my wife was in the passenger seat that the "front passenger air bag status light" was indicating "off." The problem happened with other passengers as well. Several times while this was happening I drove to the nearby Nissan dealership and pulled into the service bay. A few seconds after I came to a stop and before a service representative could come over the light went off. I returned the Pathfinder several times for repair including the recall. The problem persisted. The service manager had a dealer technical specialist (dts) look at the car. The dts said that when the vehicle is started the sensors determine if there is a child in the seat and "classifies" this to the air bag control module. There are 3 conditions that can be "classified" - empty, child, and adult. When the gear shift lever is moved from park the status ("classification") at that instant is retained. Subsequently if the vehicle comes to a complete stop (regardless of gear selection) for several seconds then this "classification" is repeated. The dts and the service manager were able to "manipulate" the car to leave the air bag status light displaying off by putting a partial load in the passenger seat and then moving the gear shift from park to reverse and subsequently to drive. The light would continue to display off until they let the car come to a complete stop for several seconds. They concluded that this "manipulation" was what was happening when my wife and other passengers were in the passenger seat. This is a characteristic of the algorithm of the air bag control module. It is related to the changes made by the recall but not the specific situation. The dts then said that this was "normal" and couldn't be repaired. This is like the steve jobs' "you're holding it wrong" comment but with my passenger's safety.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #55

Dec 182013


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was repaired however, the airbag warning indicator continued to illuminate intermittently after the recall repairs were performed. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 8000.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #54

Jan 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
My Pathfinder has been at the dealership 4 times to correct the NHTSA recall 14V-138 this problem has not been resolved in spite of two recalls. When sitting in the passenger seat (an adult weighing 140lbs) the off indicator still is activated indicating that the air bag is shut off. I can remain off for over an hour while driving. I feel that this is a safety issue inspite of being told by the service department that the air bag will deploy even if it is off. This makes me more worried because what if there was a person too light and it should be off"???"

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #53

May 182014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,900 miles
Vehicle at 5400 RPM on level road would only achieve a speed of 41 mph, this was on a highway paused with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. Vehicle paused, shuttered and engine seemed to be working but transmission would not engage completely. We felt that we could have been rear ended and killed. This was three days after Nissan had replaced the transmission for shuttering at 19 mph over a six month period. After stopping several times the vehicle reacted as close to normal as we would expect, just in time to get home. We have brought this vehicle to the dealer ship for passenger side airbag light showing it was off, when it should have been on, for back up sensor acting as though off but actually off, the smell of antifreeze and no leaks and last the brakes delaying. Nissan continued until recently stated that it was normal. There are numerous sites stating these same issues. We could have been killed, this is serious, no power on the expressway.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #52

May 052014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 31,500 miles
Since purchasing the 2013 Pathfinder, problems are relentless. Liftgate sticking and rubbing. Broken door handles, driver and passenger. Bolt falling out of alternator while driving. Airbags not working properly. Now for the past few months a shudder/vibration which happens intermittently. Usually at low speeds when turning or accelerating. Brought to dealer in 2/14 and needed reprogramming. Started happening again, brought to dealer was told they can't duplicate so there is nothing they can do. Happening again now on 5/6 and there is no answer. Afraid car will stall out in intersection causing a major accident. Same issue happening to tons of people, yet no response from Nissan.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #51

Apr 212014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 10,500 miles
My Pathfinder was recalled (14V-138) to fix the occupant classification system. I took the car in and it was "fixed." When my wife, who weighs about 112 pounds, sits in the right seat, the light comes on indicating that air bag is turned off. I called the dealer (abc Nissan in phoenix) and they said that the system is designed to turn the air bag off unless the occupant weighs more that 110 pounds. That puts my wife in jeopardy in the event of a head-on collision. I was told that there is nothing that they can do - the sensor cannot be turned off and the weight limit cannot be changed. Why should my wife's life be jeopardized to protect idiots who put small children in the front seat? if they want to put a limit on the weight, it should be around 50 pounds. If I am in an accident and my wife is injured, I guarantee that I will sue Nissan and NHTSA for millions.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #50

Apr 052014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 22,740 miles
Passenger airbag light comes on, even with another adult in the seat. Light stays on constantly. We have taken the vehicle in to our local Nissan dealer three times for this, and problem still persists.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #49

Apr 232013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 21,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator light illuminated intermittently while an adult was is in the seat. The contact received recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was taken to dealer who could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 21,800. Updated 06/10/14

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #48

Jan 012013


  • miles
I have taken my car to the Nissan dealership in orlando, Florida. The airbag light on the dash keeps flashing and the indicator light on the passenger side says passenger airbag 2 off. I took it to reed Nissan the first time, and they didn't write anything on it because it didn't do it when they took it out. I took it back a second time and made sure they wrote it down this time. They kept the car two days and returned it with a note stating the airbag had been recalibrated. Less than 2 weeks later, the lights are back on with passengers in the seat. The manager has told me that is the way the lights are supposed to be functioning. Now I see that Nissan is "deciding" what to do with the recall because of this sensor problem that could lead to the airbag failing. I am publicly stating that should this happen, it was brought to reed Nissan's attention, and they chose to tell me this is proper functioning of the lights. Nissan and reed Nissan will be held legally accountable if anything should happen to my family while they "decide" what to do with a major malfunctioning piece of equipment.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #47

Mar 112013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,144 miles
Our 2013 Pathfinder started to shudder upon acceleration. It initially happened prior to this mileage, but it was intermittent and we thought we had just driven over a rough patch of road. However, this issue increased in duration and frequency until the car would almost stall. You would have to stop acceleration and then resume for it to stop. It most frequently happened after making a turn...unfortunately..this is often after a stop sign when you need acceleration or getting on the freeway. The ECM has been reflashed, replaced torque converters and a couple cvt transmission in the first year. The problem still persists. It starts small and then ramps up as mileage increases. The air bag continues to go on and off while a passenger is seated. The passenger is an adult over 110lbs, but the dealership maintains nothing is wrong with it. We've driven down the freeway for 1 hour with no problem and then the light will come on which means the airbag is not functioning. We've tried different sitting positions to see if that is the cause, but it doesn't matter. It also keeps blowing fuses for the rear heated seats.

- Ammonq, ID, USA

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