2016 Nissan Leaf electric cars recalled for passenger airbag fault


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Certain 2016 Nissan Leaf electric cars are being recalled to address an airbag fault.

The affected cars may suffer from an electrical problem that could disable passenger-side airbags.

Faulty components in the wiring harness that connects these airbags to the car's electrical system may cause the harness to become detached from the airbag module.

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If the wiring harness and airbags are completely disconnected, the airbags won't deploy during a crash.

If the components become partially disconnected, airbags may still deploy, or may deploy only partially.

Partial separation might not be enough to trigger a dashboard warning light, so owners may not be aware of the problem.

2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf

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Nissan dealers will inspect the wiring-harness connector, and replace the harness and/or airbag module in the event a faulty connector is found.

Owners will receive notices in the mail later this month with information about when to take their cars to dealers to have this work performed free of charge.

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The recall includes Leaf electric cars built between February 24, 2016, and March 23, 2016.

It also encompasses 2016 Nissan Sentra compact sedans built between February 9, 2016, and March 4, 2016.

2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf

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Between the two models, the recall affects 4,355 vehicles registered in the U.S.

Both the Sentra and Leaf were significantly updated for the 2016 model year, with the Leaf notably getting a larger, 30-kilowatt-hour battery-pack option alongside the existing 24-kWh pack.

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Owners seeking more information can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

The recall notice is also available at the NHTSA's Safercar.gov website under ID number 16V436000.

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