Nissan Motor Company is recalling more than 200,000 vehicles to repair a defective sensor system that could affect the passenger side airbag. According to this October 15, 2008 Associated Press news report, the recall includes about 140,000 Nissan Altima cars from the 2007-2008 model years as well as the 2007-2008 model years of the Infiniti EX35, G35 Sedan, G37 and the Nissan 350Z, Murano and Rogue.
So far, there have been no reports of injuries or crashes due to the defective auto products. Officials were apparently alerted to the product defect during some internal testing. The recall affects all the Nissan vehicles that come with the Continental Automotive Systemsâ€™ Occupant Classification System control units. Nissan officials suspect that an electronic component in the control unit located in the passenger seat cushion may have been built out of specification. That could cause a signal interruption in the sensor system preventing the airbag from deploying during a crash. Recall notices are expected to go out to consumers in November. Owners with questions are asked to call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 or Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200.