Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash.

Nissan North America, Inc. says the first problem is with a sensor that detects if the front passenger seat is occupied. The issue, with 3.2 million cars, can have the computer incorrectly think that an adult is a child or classify the seat as empty, turning off the air bag.

A number of models are affected including the Maxima, Altima, LEAF, Sentra, Pathfinder and some Infiniti models.

Specifically:

2016-2017 Nissan Maxima
2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra
2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder
2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50
2014-2017 Nissan Rogue
2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express
2013 Infiniti JX35

A second problem affects 620,000 Sentras and their front seat child restraint system, which might cause air bags to inflate when they shouldn’t.

Nissan says it will notify owners and fix the issues free of charge.