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Updated: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:20:40 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Nissan recalls 60,000 vehicles in Canada over airbag glitch



The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the 60,000 SUVs, minivans and cars being recalled by Nissan in Canada over airbags that don't inflate. Nissan/Associated Press

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the 60,000 SUVs, minivans and cars being recalled by Nissan in Canada over airbags that don't inflate. Nissan/Associated Press

Nissan is recalling about 60,000 cars, SUVs and minivans in Canada because the front passenger airbags may not inflate in a crash.

The announcement is part of a broader recall of just over one million cars, SUVs and minivans across North America by the automaker. It's the company's second recall to fix the same problem.

The recall affects the Altima midsize car, Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV and Sentra compact models from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV from 2013.

Also covered are the Infiniti QX60 and Q50 SUVs from 2014.

The recall affects almost 990,000 vehicles in the U.S. and small numbers in other countries, spokesman Steve Yeager said in an email.

Airbags won't inflate

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat. If that happens, the airbags won't inflate.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will update the software for free. The recall is expected to start in mid-April.

Most of the vehicles were recalled in February of last year for a similar problem. Dealers replaced seat sensors, but Nissan said it continued to get consumer complaints and warranty claims in vehicles that had been repaired.

Front passenger seats have sensors that determine the passenger's weight and turn off airbags off if a child is on board. The malfunctioning sensors can turn the airbags off even if an adult is in the seat.

Nissan received three reports of airbags failing to inflate in a crash. Yeager said he is not sure if anyone was hurt in those incidents. There have been no deaths due to the problem, he said.

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