Notes: The 2005-2007 Xterra appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

The same defect exists in the Pathfinder & Frontier as well. And according to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,002 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 182009


  • 21,000 miles


My husband and I own a 2007 Nissan Xterra for about 4 months. About a month ago when I would sit in the front passenger seat the light indicating the airbag was deactivated would turn on. I am 5' 3" and weight 115 lbs. We took it to a ken garff Nissan in salt lake city. They did an airbag systems check on the car and said it was working fine. When I called Nissan manufacturing to see what the weight limit was set at for the computer to decide if it was a child or not, they could not give me an answer. The lady said she (or the technical person she contacted) did not know the weight. I find it hard to believe that Nissan would say a child weights 115 lbs. I know something has to be wrong in the system especially since the car did not do this when we first got it.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #3

Jan 072008

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact noticed a recall in the newspaper that pertained to his vehicle (NHTSA campaign id number 08V690000 (air bags:frontal)). The recall stated that in an event of a crash, the air bags would not deploy. There had been no failures with the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in the recall; however, the contact believes that the dealer should still repair the failure. The current and failure mileages were 31,000. Updated 2/5/09 updated 02/10/09.

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 072008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the remedy referenced in NHTSA campaign id number 08V690000 (air bags:frontal) was insufficient in providing a remedy to the proper population of vehicles, which were manufactured during the listed production dates. The remedy referenced in the recall would only be provided to vehicles originally sold or registered in the salt belt states. However, many consumers reside in non-salt belt states, but frequently travel in salt belt states. As a consequence, the non-salt belt state vehicle owners would incur the same failures, but would be denied a fair remedy. The safety risk would also be increased. In addition, there are other elements with similar properties as salt, which would cause an identical failure. There had been no failure to date. The manufacturer would not assist. The current mileage was not applicable.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 012007


  • 10 miles
There is significant variance in when the passenger side airbag disengagement light will come on when my wife is in the car. My wife is approximately 115 pounds and there is not any consistency as to when the airbag becomes turned off. For example I will be cruising at 60 miles per hour with her sitting perfectly centered on her seat. With these conditions constant the light will go on for a variable amount of time and then turn back off. The same results can be observed regardless of what speed we are going. For example, the same situation can be observed cruising at 30 mph. The dealership, service center and regional customer service center will not acknowledge that there is a problem. There reasoning is that this is the way safety feature is designed and the vehicle passes their diagnostic test. When I ask for the design parameters that cause the light to go on and off they do not give me a specific enough reason or parameters as to why the light goes on and off. This is an obvious design failure or safety defect, but no one at Nissan is is willing to take responsibility to help us. We are basically stuck with a very unsafe vehicle for anybody with a passenger between 100 to 130 pounds. This is a weight range where children and young adults are specifically at risk to this safety defect. I can understand how the airbags can be optimized to turn on and off based on various factors. But there is no consistency on what those thresholds are. We appreciate any help someone can provide in helping to get a recall for this very dangerous vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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