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Nissan Recalls 989,701 Vehicles in North America for Airbags

Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest automaker, said it will recall 989,701 vehicles including its latest Altima sedans in North America to fix a software problem that could deactivate the airbags.

The software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by the Yokohama, Japan-based carmaker. This may lead to a failure of the airbag to deploy during a crash and could increase the risk of injury to the passenger, according to the document.

Nissan has received no report of accidents related to the problem, said Noriko Yoneyama, a company spokeswoman. The recall will only affect vehicles sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, she said.

The recall will include the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan and QX60 crossover, the 2013-14 Pathfinder sport utility vehicle, Leaf electric car and Sentra compact, according to the statement.

Nissan said on Sept. 26 it would recall 910,000 vehicles globally, including the Serena minivan and X-Trail SUV, over an accelerator fault. That recall was part of the reason the company cut its profit forecast by 15 percent in the year ending March 31, it said.

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