Front Air Bag Sensor Control Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 115 problems related to front air bag sensor control (under the air bag category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Altima based on all problems reported for the Altima.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 06/05/2018

About 2 weeks ago I noticed that my air bag dash light was blinking. So I took my car into the shop and had it diagnosed for $125 (of course) then the service adviser states that a sensor in my passenger seat is not working and it cannot determine if an adult or a child is sitting in the passenger chair. In order for me to fix it I'd have to change out the whole chair assembly. I said why do I have to pay for this, this is a safety issue, so if the air bags don't deploy in an accident why should I be liable when it's a safety issue. This should be a safety recall and not the owners responsibility. I maintenance my vehicle every time on the money and to have a simple sensor cost almost $3,000 I don't think so.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 02/23/2018

I was involved in an accident where I was driving my 2016 Nissan Altima when I rear ended the car in front of me that was stationary at the traffic light. I was traveling approx 30mph, but when I tried to slow down by gently applying my brakes but my Nissan Altima car did not slow down at all. I then slammed the brakes down firmly, still nothing, the abs did not engage at all. I swerved to my right to try and avoid hitting the car in front of me head on. I caught it�s right hand back fender, both front air bags deployed, the impact of hitting the mercedes stopped my car- both airbags inflated. My 90lb, 18 yearold son was sitting in the passenger seat. I brought it up to Nissan on two separate occasions was on and off when my son sat in the front seat. On the first occasion Nissan just reset the passenger airbag sensor. It did not solve the issue, the second complaint, Nissan said it would only go off if my son weighed over 110lbs. In this accident the air bag did go off, considering this car was going to be the car he drove- he has his permit right now, so if the driver weighs less than 110lbs it would not deploy. It does not make sense. Secondly, I believe the Nissan Altima brakes failed in the accident. When the tow truck driver picked up the car on its flatbed, he said that it appeared there was something funky with the foot brake, it was rock hard when compressed. The abs completely failed, I never felt it engage after pushing firmly hard on the brakes. There were no skid marks on the road. I noted the road where the accident occurred had two types of fluid on it, one oily one like coolant. The car was recently serviced, by Nissan van nuys, they replaced the transmission. The car drove incredibly well for a week, but the last few days I noted the sluggishness again returned. My tires and brakes which were all fine. They did replace the brake fluid.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 11/27/2017

Tamara recall- my air bag sensors supposedly have been replaced but I still occasionally get the issue when someone is sitting in my passenger seat.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 09/27/2017

My transmission is constantly kicking back at me, this morning 2017-09-27 my transmission completely gave out. Reving is to 5-6 rpm not being able to exceed 10 mph. The drivers side curtain airbag keeps tripping my airbags to deactivate. Have to had the code reset several times. The back up camera looks like it is loosing signal even though it is hard wired, the lane sensor warnings fail, failing to inform of a vehicle in your blind spot. The key fob continuously says key invailed dashboard.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 08/03/2017

Passenger seat cushion sensor has malfunctioned, disarming the entire airbag system. This seat cushion sensor has been replaced 3 years ago by owner, and now a second oem sensor has failed. No injury has occurred but would hate to find out what death or injury could be prevented if Nissan or NHTSA would recall this item in 2009 Nissan Altima with only 62000miles.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 07/05/2017

Passengers airbag sensor not picking up when there is a person in the seat not all the time but periodically.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 07/04/2017

Passenger seat sensor does not detect passenger most times, meaning the air bag does not activate. Happens more when passenger is seated before the car is started. This happens with any passenger, all different sizes and weights. Dealer has not found any error codes, and sensor has been reset multiple times. All previous recalls to this issue have been implemented, issue still exists.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2015 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the vehicle experienced severe hesitations while attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (Nissan of bowie, 2200 crain hwy, bowie, MD) where the transmission computer module was reprogrammed, but the failures continued. No further information was available. In addition, the air bag sensor flashed off and on while operating the vehicle. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 15,000.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2011 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 05/31/2017

Airbag sensor in passengers side is stating that airbags are off even when there is a passenger riding in front. Vehicle was stationary when first noticed. Never changed when in motion or restarting vehicle.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 05/19/2017

We brought the car into the dealership because of the OCS recall and they reprogrammed the system but it didn't seem to fix the issue, within the year we had to replace both OCS sensors and have it reprogrammed again. I do not feel they met the intent of the recall and would love to know if this issue is/was common and what if anything can be done about it.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 05/02/2017

I have a Altima coupe that has an intermittent fault with the passenger side bag airbag sensor. I drive down the road and it comes in and out randomly even with a passenger in the car. The car is at a Nissan dealership shop to be inspected and determine cause.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

After taking in my Altima 2014 sv for a recall on the airbag sensors, the issue did not go away. The issue is that there is that about half the times a passenger sits next to the driver seat, the airbag system does not detect them. I am having to restart the car for security purposes in case something ends up happening. I am also having an issue with my ac system. I replaced the compressor a year ago and it seems to be failing again. As a senior software engineer I can safely say that there is defnitely an issue with their software. I hope they can fix this soon. Thanks, alejandro silveyra.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 04/24/2017

The airbag sensor on the passenger seat stopped working about a year ago. I had to get my car inspected last month to drive in the state of va and to access the naval base for work. I failed the inspection because of it and had to pay $705 for a new seat. I saw a recall for this problem but was told by Nissan recall department my car wasn't covered. How can that be possible? I am requesting a full refund from Nissan as the issue was a safety recall issued in 2008. I appreciate your assistance in helping me accomplish it.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 04/13/2017

The airbag sensor on the passenger seat stopped working about a year ago. I had to get my car inspected last month to drive in the state of virginia and to access the naval base for work. I failed the inspection because of it and had to pay $705 for a new seat. I saw a recall for this problem but was told by Nissan recall department my car wasn't covered. How can that be possible? I am requesting a refund as the issue was a safety recall in 2008.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2015 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 03/11/2017

Front passenger seat airbag occupant sensor - previously had dealer reprogram sensor as the air bag off light would illuminate even when a passenger was present. This situation still sporadically occurs. Have vehicle at Nissan dealer to re-program again. This will make the 2nd attempt to correct this safety problem. Was informed that they don't have a test requirement to perform after the recalibration. Will attempt to capture next occurrence by photo.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 01/12/2017

Passenger air bag not recognizing when someone is in the seat. Airbag remains off even with a passenger in the seat. The dealer has looked at the car multiple times and they state they can not find the problem. They have worked on the sensors and recalibrated them but the light continues to go on and off and airbag appears to be nonfunctional. Dealer says they can not duplicate the issue and system is operating as designed. . Light continues to come on intermittently when the seat is occupied.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 01/03/2017

The sensor in the front passenger seat of my 2009 Nissan Altima suddenly stopped working and is no longer able to tell if someone is sitting in the seat to turn on the airbag.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact's vehicle was repaired per an unknown recall. After the recall repair, the dealer (d-patrick Nissan, 4200 e division st, evansville, in 47715) stated that due to the recall being repaired, the sensor for the air bag on the passenger side would no longer work properly. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and provided the same information as the dealer. The failure mileage was 115,000.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

Airbag sensor is according to the Nissan dealer only activating the airbag if the passenger is over 120lbs. My wife is under this weight and the airbag off light is on every time we drive somewhere. Nissan has tried to play it off saying it's actually safer for an adult under 120lbs to have the airbag off. This is completely unacceptable and I do not have this problem in my vw or my Mazda.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 07/26/2016

Passenger air bag sensor indicates air bag is disabled when seat is occupied by an adult. This happens when vehicle is both stationary and in motion. This happens off and on but has not shown up when at the dealership. Last instance was today.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 07/11/2016

The passenger side light indicating the airbag is turned off remains on even when someone is sitting in the passenger seat. Then the airbag sensor light started flashing. I have to replace the passenger seat to fix.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 06/22/2016

Takata recall. Dealership says entire seat needs to be replaced to correct passenger airbag sensor issue. Will cost over $1,400 to replace due to shortage in replacement seats. Will only warranty for 1 year if replaced.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2011 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 05/14/2016

"passenger airbag off" light intermittently illuminates when passenger seat is occupied by adults weighing between 120 and 200 pounds, indicating the airbag is deactivated, though it should be turned on. Problem happens both while driving and parked, and has occurred frequently for the life of the car. Dealer could not replicate, so issue has not been resolved, and faulty sensor has not been replaced. Newer models (2013¿2016) were subjected to a safety recall for the same issue. Older models should be included as well, as this is a major safety concern for passengers. Complaint for 2011 Nissan Altima 2. 5 s.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2012 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 05/02/2016

The recall which recently came out for the airbag sensor in the front passenger seat needs to include 2012 Altimas (not just 2013-2016). I have had this issue several times in the last year. There have been instances where I am in the front passenger seat and the airbag sensor says the airbag is off. This happens whether the car is stationary or moving.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 04/24/2016

Supplemental air bag sensor did not work. Had to replace the front passenger seat which contained the sensor for the airbag. Nissan has recalled 2013 Altimas to correct this exact problem. Unfortunately it cost me $800. To correct my problem. I'm sure I'm not the only owner of an earlier model to have this problem.

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