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Nissan recalls vehicles

NISSAN, which lately has been advertising its spate of models redesigned for 2013, has just recalled a bunch of them.

The cause is a potentially faulty sensor that could cause the front passenger airbag to fail to deploy in a crash. The sensor is supposed to enable the bag if the seat is occupied and disable the bag if it is not.

According to documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, the recall covers certain of Nissan's redesigned 2013 Altima mid-size sedan, the Pathfinder crossover SUV and the Sentra compact. Also covered are certain of the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric cars and the Infiniti luxury unit's JX35 crossover SUV, a new product just introduced in 2012.

The problem involved a supplier for the sensor that changed a manufacturing process that caused the part not to be up to specifications. If it malfunctions, it could permanently disable the bag. The number of vehicles that might have got a bad sensor and the dates they were built still are being determined, the documents say.

Owners will be notified next month and dealers will inspect the sensor and replace it if necessary.

Honda does the same

MARKHAM, Ont. -- Honda Canada says it is recalling about 7,800 vehicles to repair a potential malfunction that could affect braking -- part of a global recall involving nearly 250,000 vehicles.

The problem lies with an electrical component of the Vehicle Stability Assist system, which on some cars may have been damaged during manufacturing.

The automaker says the malfunction could apply a small amount of brake force without the brakes being touched, or apply too much brake force when the brakes are used.

Honda says there have been no reported crashes or injuries because of this, but it has received several complaints about the malfunction, which will be repaired free of charge.

Honda says the owners of all affected vehicles will be notified by mail next month.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 15, 2013 B4

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