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Air Bag Not Deploy Problems of Nissan Maxima - part 1



Nissan Maxima owners have reported 57 problems related to air bag not deploy (under the air bag category).

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2014 Nissan Maxima 1
Failure Date: 10/25/2014

Passenger airbag light comes showing that nobody is sitting in the passenger seat when in fact there is somebody sitting there. To me this means that if a crash occurred with someone in the passenger seat and the indicator shows nobody there, the airbag may not deploy.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 2
Failure Date: 10/15/2014

2012 Maxima's passenger airbag off light comes on with adult passengers every 3rd or 4th trip. Went to Nissan dealership, Maxima under warranty, they said no codes were tripped and that they can't fix the problem but are aware of it. They also gave me a handout describing the difference between airbag off light and airbag malfunction light. The service manager told me he would call me if there is anything he can do for me. I called 1-800-nissan1 and filed a case, but they won't do anything because the dealership is "working on it". The dealership confirmed that if I have an adult passenger in my Maxima and the passenger airbag light off is on, the airbag will not deploy. I do not feel safe driving any passengers in my Maxima and feel Nissan is aware of the problem and trying to ignore it.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2011 Nissan Maxima 3
Failure Date: 09/28/2014

Front passenger side air bag shuts off and the status light illuminates even when the seat is occupied by an adult. This poses a potentially deadly result if the seat is occupied during a collision since the airbags will not deploy. This defect must be corrected or people could lose their lives or sustain serious bodily injury.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2014 Nissan Maxima 4
Failure Date: 07/10/2014

Passenger side air bag stays lit indicating that air bag is off and will not deploy in the event of a crash. This occurs when there is an adult passenger in the seat. Because the light is intermittent when taking it to the dealer if the light is off I am told there is no problem. This is a safety issues that needs to be addressed. I do not feel safe driving with a passenger.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2007 Nissan Maxima 5
Failure Date: 05/13/2014

Tl ¿ the contact owns a 2007 Nissan Maxima. While driving approximately 25 mph, the front passenger side door of the contact's vehicle was struck by another vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed head on into a parked vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a fractured sternum. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,000. Jcc.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 6
Failure Date: 09/06/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy. The contact and the passenger suffered injuries to the neck and back. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The contact also mentioned that a recall notice was received after the failure for NHTSA campaign I. D. Number 13v136000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 141,000.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 1998 Nissan Maxima 7
Failure Date: 01/16/2013

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Maxima. The contact was traveling 45 mph and traveled over a patch of ice. The vehicle then spun around and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but the vehicle did not respond. The contact crashed head first into an unknown object and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a fractured knee and was transported to the hospital. The vehicle was destroyed. The police were present on scene and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard and was not inspected for the air bag failure. In addition, the contact stated that the brakes were serviced two months prior to the crash. The manufacturer was contacted who advised that there were no recalls and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 150,000.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 8
Failure Date: 04/11/2012

My 3 girls and 1 of their friends were in my vehicle and they were ran off the road and the car went off the road into an embankment. The driver side air bad did not deploy but the passenger side air bag did and it broke my daughter's nose. I contact Nissan about the airbag not deploying and was told it all depends on where most of the damage of the car is (all of the damage was on the driver front side). Everyone was taking to the er and the daughter with the worst injury was referred to a specialist because of the impact and because the airbag shattered the inside of her nose into pieces it was nothing to do to repair. My daughter plays basketball and I couldn't even get a nose brace for protection. This was a terrible experience for the girls and I wish no parent will ever have to experience anything like this. I saw the story on the cbs evening news (aired 10/2/14) where the long lady is suing Honda because of that what airbag did to her). Airbags appears to do more harm than good. Although my car was a total lost, I am thankful that the girls are still alive.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2012 Nissan Maxima 9
Failure Date: 12/13/2011

Since I bought this car, whenever my wife sit on the passenger seat, the "air bag off" light turns on. My wife is 120 lb. Being very concern that airbag would not deploy during an accident I took the car to dealership couple times in early 2012 and was told that there is no issue. I even brought my wife to the dealership and show it, and they said that my wife is not sitting correctly. . . Such a stupid excuses. Nissan need to fix this. . . This is a serious safety issue ! looking at forum and checking the complain here, apparently I am not alone. . Just very surprised that either Nissan or NHTSA has not take any action over it. . .

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2007 Nissan Maxima 10
Failure Date: 12/04/2011

Crashed into guard rail and air bag did not deploy.


 
car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 11
Failure Date: 10/18/2011

Driver and passenger northbound on I-805 rear ended a Dodge durango SUV @ 50-60 mph 6:30 am; both driver and passenger airbags did not deploy; both taken by ambulance to hospital emergency room for minor injuries; vehicle irrepairable and total loss.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2011 Nissan Maxima 12
Failure Date: 07/21/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated the passenger side air bag light would illuminate intermittently whether the seat was occupied or not. The contact was concerned that the air bags would not deploy in the event of a crash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer six times for the failure. The dealer advised that the passenger side seat needed to be "broken in" because the leather was hard. The contact called the manufacturer and they suggested the contact take the vehicle to another dealer. The contact took the vehicle to another dealer and the dealer could not find a problem with the passenger side air bag. There were no repairs. The failure mileage was 2,200.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2003 Nissan Maxima 13
Failure Date: 07/20/2011

The contact owns 2003 Nissan Maxima. The contact was in a head on crash where the contact struck the windshiled, becuase the driver's side air bag did not deploy. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag did deploy. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop, but the contact did not know if the vehicle would be repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage and current mileages were 145,000.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2006 Nissan Maxima 14
Failure Date: 06/26/2011

I was driving my vehicle on the interstate highway and the vehicle in front of me came to an to an immediate stop. I was in process of braking when I was hit in rear and left side of vehicle then then went head on and hit the guard rail. It spun my vehicle around where the car ended up facing traffic on shoulder of road. My airbags did not deploy. The vehicle ended up being a total loss.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 15
Failure Date: 05/06/2011

On may 06, 2011 I was involved in a major car accident. My driver airbag did not deploy and the passenger airbag where no one was sitting deployed. I was 8-months pregnant at the time of the accident and due to the airbag not deploying I sustained injuries to my stomach almost causing a early labor (pre-mature) I was fortunate that the doctors were able to stop my baby from coming. If my airbag would have gone off properly it would have prevented my stomach from hitting the steering wheel. I contacted Nissan consumer affairs and they told me that it is "normal" for a airbag to not deploy when in a major car accident. I want to make sure this is correct because I paid for this product to work.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 16
Failure Date: 04/25/2011

To whom it may concern: August 5, 2013 my husband and I own a 2010 Nissan Maxima that we purchased new in 2010. Occasionally we have noticed that the passenger air bag light remained on for differing lengths of time and didn¿t think much of it. At some point we read the owner¿s manual about this warning signal. It said the light should come on when you start the car and go off about 10 seconds later. This wasn¿t always the case. This warning light tells me that the air bag will not deploy in case of an accident and a passenger in the passenger seat will have no protection. I view this as a very serious problem. Air bag light on reads, �air bag off. ¿� at this point, August 2013, the car has only 19,000 miles on it. Through the last couple of years the problem has reoccurred, but more frequently. In the spring of 2013 we took the car to the dealer where we purchased it. They tested it with their computer and detected no problem. They said the computer didn¿t record any instances of that event occurring. Recently we started doing some research on line about this problem and discovered that many people are having this very same problem. Some responses that were given by Nissan included passenger not heavy enough. One woman weighed about 110 pounds and another woman weighed about 145 pounds. Their response wasn¿t logical. Another response was that the leather wasn¿t soft enough. The seats in our car are fabric, and very soft. Nissan¿s response was stupid!! apparently Nissan has no idea on how to solve this problem. My husband and I are very uneasy about using this car with this very serious safety issue. An easy fix that I would recommend is to disconnect the warning light and arm the airbag full time, even if no one is in the seat. Looking forward to hearing from you. Susan and jerome tavelman.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2008 Nissan Maxima 17
Failure Date: 02/17/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Maxima. The contact was sitting idle at a traffic stop when a vehicle crashed into the rear of his vehicle at approximately 35 mph, which caused the vehicle to front end an eighteen wheel truck. The contacts airbags did not deploy. The contact sustained neck and muscle injuries. A passenger sustained injuries to the lower back. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileage was approximately 38,000.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 18
Failure Date: 10/21/2010

Passenger airbag warning light illuminates sporadically while driving with a passenger in the front seat. Vehicle has 7000 miles and I traded in an identical vehicle 2009 with 25,000 miles that was doing the exact same thing. Dealer could find nothing wrong, but agreed that if the light is on, the airbag would not deploy in an accident. He stated that possibly "the leather on the seat has to age to give it more flexibility". My wife is 140 pounds and 68" tall. I believe that should keep the airbag system active. A google search revealed that this is a common problem.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2010 Nissan Maxima 19
Failure Date: 06/16/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated while stopped at a traffic stop, two vehicles struck the contact's vehicle from the front. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and back. There were no additional injuries. A police report was available. The contact's insurance company performed an investigation on the vehicle and advised the contact that there was not enough impact to the vehicle for the air bags to deploy. The current and failure mileages were 1,057. Updated 10/21/lj the consumer was informed the air bag sensors were in the floor board.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 20
Failure Date: 01/28/2010

We were driving in a parking lot and had about 5 feet to go before the car was parked. I depressed the brake pedal and the car slowed down further. Suddenly the car engine revved and the car took off. I pressed hard on the brake pedal, not the gas pedal, but the car wouldn't stop. I turned the wheel to avoid hitting the building in front of me, but hit the adjacent restaurant instead. The car crashed into the restaurant wall and sent a large refrigerator crashing to the other side of the room. Fortunately, no restaurant personnel were in the path of the refrigerator at the time. Significant damage was done to the restaurant and to the car. My husband who had already taken off his seat belt, as we were nearly stopped, hit the windshield with his head. He is in the hospital. I badly bruised my hand and chest. The air bags did not deploy at all. Our car is a 2000 Nissan Maxima. It was towed to a nearby body shop. No one has touched it or attempted any repairs. I expect the insurance company will determine the car has been totaled.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2009 Nissan Maxima 21
Failure Date: 10/10/2009

I purchased the 2009 Nissan Maxima from the dealer, brand new, in November, 2008. Several months later, I noticed that as I sat in the passenger seat, the airbag light would come on indicating that the airbag would not deploy in an accident. I am 5'4" and 140 pounds and not a child or even a smaller adult. Throughout the past 5 years, the same problem would happen when someone sat in the passenger seat. The light will come on unexpectedly while I sat there and my husband drove. I took the car to the dealer on 2 occasions (first time in 2009 and again in 2010) and explained to them what was happening and that I felt unsafe sitting in that seat should we have an accident. They said that they could not replicate the problem and unless the computer spits out an error code, there was nothing they could do (even though it was under warranty). Now the car is over 5 years old and has 85,000 miles on it. My powertain warranty is expired (as it ended at 60,000 miles). It is now that the passenger air bag light stays on constantly, even when nobody is sitting in the seat. Also, the flashing air bag light on my dashboard stays on. I took it to the dealer again and they said it's the sensor in the passenger seat that has failed. It gave an error cod b1018. Since it is no longer under warranty, it will cost me $1,900 out of pocket. I contacted Nissan's consumer affairs department and asked them to cover it…they denied the claim and will not cover the repair. I want to alert the NHTSA that this is a problem not only on newer Nissans, but also on the older Nissans, including the 2009 Maxima. My hope is that this year and model will be considered for an expanded recall to the current recall. This is a huge safety issue and one that Nissan should agree to take care of for all cars that show this problem.

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car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2000 Nissan Maxima 22
Failure Date: 04/28/2009

I was involved in a 50mph collision with damage to the front and drivers side. Frontal airbags and side airbags failed to deploy resulting in chest injuries, upper torso injuries, and neck injuries. Seatbelts also failed to lock. Have not heard back about why the failure occurred.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2002 Nissan Maxima 23
Failure Date: 01/16/2008

Airbag failed to deploy.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 24
Failure Date: 09/23/2007

I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima that a friend was driving on Sunday morning, September 23,2007. There was 3 of us in the car. We were going through a traffic light that was green when a cop ran the red light and we basically t-boned him right in the passenger side of the police car. The officer was in chase of a stolen car. The whole front end has damage on my car. You can clearly see the airbag sensors in front but the airbags never deployed! I am wondering why this would be and what can be done?.

car image   Air Bag Not Deploy problem of the 2004 Nissan Maxima 25
Failure Date: 02/18/2007

I was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver while traveling 65 mph on highway and another truck was coming in my direction in the median at night with lights on. After I passed the truck I saw a parked dark car in the left lane with no lights on and tried to slow down, but I hit it pretty much with the front of my 2004 Nissan Maxima sl. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. Luckily, I was wearing a seat belt, but I sustained soft tissue injuries. I filed a request to have Nissan investigate, and received a letter saying there was insufficient deceleration of your vehicle to inflate the air bag. I figured I would get these results since Nissan made the decision themselves. I am frustrated because I felt they should have deployed.

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