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Nissan Recalls Five 2013 Models for Airbag Concerns

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    Nissan is recalling five of its 2013 model year vehicles because the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash.

    The recall includes certain model year 2013 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Sentra and Infiniti JX35 vehicles, Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    In documents filed with U.S. regulators, the automaker said sensors in the passenger Occupant Detection System may not have been manufactured to specification. This may cause the detection system to not work properly and prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying in a crash.

    If the vehicle were to be involved in a crash, and the airbag doesn't deploy properly, there’s an increased risk of injury.

    "Nissan and Infiniti are committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and is working to promptly address this issue," Steve Parrett, Manager of Corporate Communications for Nissan North America said in a statement to NBC 5 DFW.

    Nissan advised safety regulators of the voluntary recall two months after the automaker first noticed an increase in warranty claims from customers regarding the passenger airbag light, according to the documents. Nissan has not determined the number of vehicles affected.

    The recall is expected to begin in early April, and Nissan said it will notify owners.

    Dealers will inspect the sensors and replace them free of charge if necessary.

    In the meantime, owners can contact Nissan or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.