Nissan recalled 990,000 vehicles in 2013 and 2014 due to a sensor malfunction that inhibited the inflation of the front-seat airbags. In addition, Nissan recalled 1.56 million cars in 2015 that were equipped with faulty Takata airbags. Takata has been dealing with airbag problems for the past two decades.
The 2013 and 2014 recalls affected models of the Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra manufactured during those years. The main complaint was that the computer software could not distinguish whether the front-seat passenger was a child or an adult. The software is designed to disable the airbag during a collision if the front-seat passenger is a child. In regards to the 2015 recall, Takata, a Japan-based airbag supplier, noticed problems with the chemical mix used in its airbags.