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Nissan recalls 3.53m cars because air bags may not deploy

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Nissan Motor will recall 3.53 million vehicles, most in the United States, because passenger-side air bags that may not work properly because due to sensors malfunction.

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Nissan said this is the fourth recall since 2013 to address problems with occupant classification systems that may fail to properly identify adult front seat passengers.

The system may improperly classify an adult front seat passenger as a child or as an empty seat, a failure that could lead to an air bag failing to deploy in the event of a crash. Nissan has reports of three injuries linked to the issue but no fatalities.

The new recall includes vehicles from the 2013-2017 model years, including some Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Sentra, Rogue, NV200, NV Taxi, Infiniti JX35/QX60, and Q50. It also includes the 2015-2016 Chevrolet City Express, built for General Motors by Nissan.

Nearly 3.2 million of the recalled vehicles are in the United States. Only about 20 percent of the U.S. models will need a hardware fix.

Nissan said that 622,110 Sentra cars are also the subject of a second recall, because the front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a child restraint system. Nissan dealers will reinforce the seat belt bracket.

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