NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2004 Nissan Quest

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2004 Nissan Quest, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08004

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: January 25, 2008
    • Date Closed: May 30, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Side/Window

    Summary: The subject vehicles are equipped with optional seat-mounted side air bags.all vehicles are equipped with standard frontal air bags and side air curtains.installation of the incorrect SRS diagnosis sensor unit does not impair deployment of the frontal air bag and side air curtain in the event of a crash.no reports of non-deployment of the subject seat-mounted side air bags have been received by the manufacturer or by NHTSA.the warranty reports cited above represent vehicle inspections conducted under the service campaign and sensor replacement was required in 32 of these cases.the manufacturer reports a total of 151 sensor units sold as replacement parts for all purposes.investigation disclosed a low incidence of sensor replacement required under the service campaign to date.no incidents of real world non-deployment of the subject air bags were identified.this preliminary evaluation is closed.


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE04027

    Component(s): Latches/Locks/Linkages:Doors:Latch

    Summary: In January 2004, Nissan received reports of power sliding doors coming open while driving.Nissan determined that at temperatures below 40 degree F, an out-of-spec door actuator could bind and prevent the door latches from fully engaging.this can lead to the door coming open unexpectedly.Nissan notified NHTSA by letter dated April 1, 2004, that it is conducting a safety recall campaign (NHTSA no. 04V186) on MY 2004 Nissan Quest vehicles with power-sliding doors produced from March 26, 2003 to December 17, 2003.Nissan modified the acutator door motor on vehicles built after December 17, 2003 for reasons not related to the inadvertent door opening issue.Nissan reports that vehicles built after December 17, 2003 are not subject to the failure mode that causes inadvertent opening.ODI's review of the ODI owner reports with known build dates (7 of 9 reports, plus one report received prior to Dec 17 but with unknown build date) indicates that complaint vehicles were manufactured before the door actuator improvement date (Dec 17).also, Nissan reports no complaint vehicles with build dates after December 17.Nissan's action addresses the concerns of ODI.therefore, this investigation is closed.


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA05012

    Component(s): Seats:Mid/Rear Assembly

    Summary: The seat adjustment mechanism contains exposed moving components, located at the rear edge of the second row seat.when the operator attempts to adjust the seat, a finger may be pinched in the moving seat adjustment mechanism.Nissan will conduct a safety recall on an expanded scope of Nissan Quest vehicles.on vehicles produced from March 26, 2003 through September 26, 2005, Nissan will rivet a plastic reinforcement to the backside of the existing seat back cover carpeting, install three tie-downs and install a flange to the inboard side shield.on vehicles produced from March 26, 2003 through June 28, 2004, in addition to the above corrective actions, Nissan will replace the inboard second row seat adjustment handle with the current production seat lever. Nissan North America, Inc. Will recall 109,437 MY 2004-2005 Nissan Quest vehicles produced from March 26, 2003 through September 26, 2005.ODI is aware of a total of 11 complaints, field reports and warranty claims reporting 11 finger injuries.the recall is identified by NHTSA number 05V474.


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05019

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: April 21, 2005
    • Date Closed: August 19, 2005
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seats:Mid/Rear Assembly

    Summary: ODI has received five reports alleging that the consumer was injured using the vehicle's second-row seat release lever to fold the second row seat.Nissan states, "...the customer operation of the lever in some cases and subsequent orientation of their fingers is different than expected."Nissan also reported additional complaints for a total of 11 injuries.Nissan modified the lever for production twice.the latest (second modification) design provides a larger sized handle that contains a "cup" into which the seat occupant can place their fingers to operate the adjustment lever.Nissan reports no injuries associated with the "cup" design lever.beginning June 2004, Nissan initiated a "customer satisfaction initiative" that included replacing the original design handle with the first modification handle (this is not the "cup" design handle mentioned above).the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA05-012) to allow further analysis of the issue.

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