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Nissan Recalls 5 Models For Air Bag Problem

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A 2013 Nissan Altima - (Credit: Nissan Motor Company Ltd)

A 2013 Nissan Altima – (Credit: Nissan Motor Company Ltd)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Nissan is recalling five of its 2013 models in the U.S. because a faulty sensor can permanently turn off the front-seat passenger air bag.

The recall covers the Altima midsize car, as well as the Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV and the Sentra compact. Also covered is the Infiniti JX35 SUV.

Nissan says in documents filed with safety regulators that it hasn’t yet determined the number of vehicles affected by the recall.

Nissan says the front passenger seats have sensors that determine the passenger’s weight and turn off air bags off if a child is on board. The malfunctioning sensors can turn the air bags off permanently.

If the vehicle is involved in a crash necessitating airbag deployment and the passenger airbag is suppressed, there may be an increased risk of personal injury.

Nissan says its dealers will inspect the sensors in April and replace them free of charge if necessary.

For more information, owners can contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.

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