Nissan has issued a recall for 2005-2009 Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra models for a corrosion problem affecting the front crash zone sensor that deploys the airbags. Please read below for details.
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Models affected: 2005-2009 Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra
NHTSA Campaign Number: 08V690000
Potential Units Affected: 242720
Problem: Nissan is recalling 242,720 model year 2005-2009 Pathfinder, Frontier and Xterra vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In those areas of the country which use heavy concentrations of road salt in the winter, a mixture of snow/water and salt can enter into the front crash zone sensor (CZS) housing. If this occurs, the CZS may internally rust resulting in a signal interruption. If this happens, the red air bag warning light will illuminate to alert the vehicle operator. This issue could result in the non-deployment of the driver and passenger front air bags in a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the front CZS with a redesigned sensor. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners in the other states will receive extended warranty coverage for the sensor to 10 years. These owners will be notified of the warranty extension by mail and will receive a sticker to place in their warranty booklet explaining the extended warranty coverage. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.