NISSAN SENTRA 2015 B17 / 7.G Consumer Safety Air Bag Information Guide
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Table of Contents
Air Bag Protection __________________\d__________________\d____________1
Child \fafety _________________________\d__________________\d__________10
\feat Belt \fafety
NI\f\fAN ’s Customer Care Program
NI\f\fAN ’s Commitment to Customer \fatisfaction __________________17
S\fF\bTY & \fIR B\fG
The 2015 NI\f\fAN Consumer \fafety & Air Bag Information Guide provides
info rmation for 2015 NI\f\fAN vehicles availab le at time of publication.
Refer to your vehicles owner’s manual, to familiarize yourself with all disclosures,
warnings, cautions, and all air bag protection and seat belt safety instructions.
This publication may be amended as new vehicles are introduced.
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AIR BAG PROTECTION
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AIR BAGS
Air bags are a supplemental restraint system designed to enhance the protection provided
by the seat belt system during certa in types of collisions. Driver and passenger front-
impact air bags are standard on every NI\f\fAN vehicle. Front seat -mounted side-impact
s upplemental air bags and roof -mounted curtain side -impact supplemental air bags are
available on many 2015 NI\f\fAN vehicles. \fee your vehicle owner’s manual for information
about these air bag systems, if so equipped .
Please remember , always wear your seat belt, and that a rear -facing child restraint must
never be used in the front passenger seat if the vehicle is equipped with a front passenger
air bag. \fee page 10 of this guide for important information about child restraint use.
FASTER THAN THE EYE \fAN BLINK
In a collision , a lot can happen in just one second. Generally, at 0.01 seconds after a
collision starts, an air bag begins to inflate. At 0.04 seconds, it is fully inflated. By 0.1
seconds, it has done its job and is deflating. Considering the speed of these events, it is
not surprising that many people involved in a frontal
collision do not realize that their air
bags did inflate.
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THE NISSAN ADVAN\fED AIR BAG SYSTEM
All 2015 NI\f\fAN vehicles (except for the 2015 NV 1500/2500/\b500 *) are equipped with
the NI\f\fAN A dvanced A ir Bag \f ystem (AAB\f) for the driver and front passenger seats.
Typ ically, t his system, which has dual -stage inflators,** monitors information from various
crash sensors, the front seat belt buckle sensors, and the occupant classification sensor.
The front passenger air bag may automatically turn OFF under some conditions, d epending
on the pressure or weight detected by sensors in the passenger seat. \fee the vehicle
owner’s manual for more information. If the front passenger air bag is OFF, the front
passenger air bag status light will be illuminated.***
The front passenger air bag status light does not indicate a malfunction of the front
passenger air bag. If the front passenger air bag status light illuminates while a small adult,
child, or child restraint occupies the seat, the occupant may need to shift his or her seating
position , or remove the child restraint so the system can turn ON the front passenger air
bag and turn off the status light.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF AN AIR BAG\b YOUR SEAT BELT
Your chances of surviving a collision will improve greatly if one simple piece of advice is
followed: always wear your seat belt. Remember, all air bags are supplemental restraint
systems. Do not count on just the air bags for occupant protection ; they are merely a
supplemental restraint system. You must always use seat belts properly, as explained in
the vehicle owner’s manual.
\feat belts help to protect the occupants of your vehicle during collisions in which the air
bags are not designed to activate. Moreover, in situations where the air bags are activated,
seat belts enhance their effectiveness and can help reduce the risk of injur y from an
inflating air bag. \feat belts will also help protect the occupants of your vehicle during
multiple -impact collisions, while the air bags work only one time if a collision is severe
enough to activate them. Please see the
\fEAT BELT \fAFETY and CHILD \fAFETY
sections of this guide and the vehicle owner’s manual for more information.
The NV lineup is equipped with dual- stage front air bags and seat belt buckle sensors, but the
2015 NV 1500/2500/\b500 does not have an occupant classification senso r (and the associated
front passenger air bag status light).
**Dual- stage inflators var y the air bag inflation rate bas ed on the severity of the collision (for
forceful inflation for moderate impacts and a high force of inflation for more se vere impacts). In
addition, based on information from the seat belt buckle sensors that detect whether the seat belts
are fastened, whether one or both front airbags deploy. O nly one front air bag may inflate in a
crash, depe nding on the crash severity, and whether the front occupants are belted or unbelted.
***When the system detects that the seat is unoccupied, the passenger a ir bag status light will not
illuminate even though the front passenger air bag is OFF.
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EFFE\fTIVE USE OF SEAT BELTS AND AIR BAGS
\feat belts and supplemental air bags are most effective when vehicle occupants are sitting
upright and well back in the seat with both feet on the floor . Keep in mind that air bags
inflate with great force. Being u nrestrained, leaning forwar d, sitting sideways, or being out
of position in any way puts you at a greater risk of injury or death in a crash. Y ou may also
receive serious or fatal injuries from t he air bag if you are up against it when it inflates.
Always sit back against the seatba ck with both feet on the floor and as far away as
practical from the steering wheel or instrument panel and a lways wear your seat belt.
Please see the
\fEAT BELT \fAFETY section of this guide and the vehicle owner’s manual
for more information.
HOW AND WHEN FRONT AIR BAGS WORK
While the inner workings of a supplemental front air bag system are complicated,
understanding what makes the front air bag s deploy is rather easy : the vehicle’s front air
ba\f sensor system is desi\fned to detect rapid deceleration usua lly associated with
moderate to severe frontal collisions within a limited ran\fe of an\fles . The vehicle’s
deceleration rate is related to various factors, such as speed of the vehicles, the weight
and stiffness of the vehicles/objects involved, contact locations, and the angle of impact, to
name a few. Once the sensor system is activated, the front air bags inflate followed by a
release of smoke, almost instantly. The front air bag s will not usually activate in side -impact
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collisions, rear-end collisions, rollovers, while driving on rough roads , or during hard
braking. However, deceleration rates in some situations can be similar to those found in
frontal impacts and may result in front air bag activation.
WHEN THE FRONT AIR BAGS INFLATE
Please remember, for the supplemental front air bag s to be most effective, you must always
buckle up and be seated upright and well back in the seat away from the steering wheel or
instrument panel to allow room for the air bags to inflate. For the front air bag s to do their
job, they must inflate with great force. As mentioned earlier in this guide, this may cause
serious or even fatal injury if, for example, you are unrestrained out of position in any way,
sitting or leaning too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during inflation. Even
when seated properly, there is a possibility of injury from an inflating front air bag. Th is
usually consists of minor skin abrasions or burns, but may be more serious. Overall, these
injuries are minimal compared to the injuries the front air bag s are designed to prevent.
After the front air bag s ha ve inflated, you may notice a light smoke within the cabin. This is
a normal by -product of the rapid chemical reaction necessary to inflate the front air bags
and, although harmless do not inhale it, it may cause irritation and choking .
REPLA\fING THE AIR BAGS
Air bags are not reusable. After a collision in which your air bag s ha ve activated,
have the respective air bag system inspected and replaced by your NI\f\fAN dealer
as soon as possible. The National Highway Traffic \fafety Administration (NHT\fA)
has expressed concern regarding reports of counterfeit replacement air bags
installed in vehicles. Visit www.nhtsa.gov
for more information. We recommend the
replacement of air bags by your NI\f\fAN dealer to ensure that you receive new
original equipment replacement parts. Counterfeit replacement air bags may not
be made to the standards of quality, reliability and durab ility of Genuine NI\f\fAN
parts. The use of counterfeit replacement air bags or used or salvaged air bags is
a potential serious safety problem and may not provide the same level of protection
in a crash.
OTHER SPE\fIFI\fS ABOUT AIR BAGS
If the air bag war ning light continues to remain on or flashes after you start the vehicle,
see your NI\f\fAN dealer as soon as possible.
After inflation, air bag components are hot, so avoid contact.
Do not place objects on or near the steering wheel or instrument panel wher e the air
bag s inflate.
Child restraints for infants must be used in a rear-facing direction and therefore
must not be used in the front seat. Never install a rear-facing child restraint in the
front passenger seat of a vehicle equipped with a front passe nger air bag.
\fee the vehicle owner’s manual for other important information . WELL BACK AND UPRIGHT
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AN AIR BAG WORKS ONLY ON\fE
In a multiple -impact collision, air bag s help to protect only during the first
i mpact severe enough to activate the system.
If, as in the illustration above, for example, the collision labeled #1 were severe
enough to activate the front air bag s, the front air bags would not be reactivated
in collision #2.
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FRONTAL \fOLLISIONS WITH OTHER VEHI\fLES
If the front end of your car should
go under a vehicle, the impact
probably will not activate the front
air bag s.
A severe frontal collision involving
another vehicle, stationary or
moving, probably will activate the
front air bag s.
The front air bag s may or may not
be activated in a frontal collision
that occurs at an angle.
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OTHER FRONTAL \fOLLISIONS
If your vehicle should strike an
object in the road, such as a rock,
debris or hole, the front air bag s
probably will not activate.
Hitting a pole is a situation in
which the front air bag s may or
may not activate, depending on
the specific impact.
A severe collision with an
immovable object probably
will activate th e front air bag s.
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SIDE-IMPA\fT, \fURTAIN SIDE-IMPA\fT, AND \fURTAIN SIDE-
IMPA\fT/ROLLOVER AIR BAG SYSTEMS
Front seat- mounted side -impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact
air bags, and curtain side -impact/rollover air bags are available on many 2015 NI\f\fAN
vehicles. \fide -impact air bags (if so equipped) are located on the side of the seatbacks of
the front seats . Curtain side-impact air bags (if so equipped) and curtain side -
impact/rollover air bags (if so equipped) are located in the left and r ight side roof rails or in
the upper part of the front door panels .
\fide -impact air bags and curtain side-impact air bags are designed to inflate in higher -
severity side collisions, on the side where the vehicle is impacted. However, they may
inflate if the forces in another type of collision are similar to those of a higher -severity side -
impact. Curtain side-impact/rollover air bags are designed to inflate in certain types of
side -impact collisions and rollovers.
Curtain side-impact air bags and curtain side -impact/rollover air bags are different mainly
in their sensing systems: curtain side -impact air bags are activated primarily in a lateral
collisio n, whereas curtain side -impact/rollover air bags are activated in either a la teral
collision or a rollove r. \fince a rollover event lasts longer than a side-impact event, curtain
side -impact/rollover air bags are designed to remain inflated longer than curtain side-
impact air bags.
\fide-impact air bags and curtain side-impact air bags , along with the use of seat belts,
help to cushion the impact force on the chest and pelvic area of the front occupants. In
most NI\f\fAN vehicles, c urtain side -impact air bags also help to cushion the impact force
to the head of rear outboard -seated occupants. These air bags can h elp save lives and
reduce serious injury. However, an inflating side-impact air bag , curtain side-impact air
bag , or curtain side -impact/rollover air bag may cause abrasions or other injuries.
\f eat belts should be worn correctly and vehicle occupants sea ted upright. \fide impact air
bags , curtain side-impact air bags, and curtain side -impact/rollover air bags inflate quickly
in order to help protect the occupants. The force of an air bag inflating can increase the
risk of injury if the occupant is too clos e to, or is against the se air bag modules during
Like front air bags, an inflated side-impact air bag a s well as an inflated curtain side-impact
air bag will deflate soon after the collision is over. As noted above , an inflated curtain side -
im pact /rollover air bag will remain inflated for a short time afterward. \fee
THE AIR BAG\f earlier in this guide.
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SIDE AND OTHER \fOLLISIONS
*Curtain side-impact/rollover air bags (if so equipped) probably will also inflate, depending on th e
On vehicles equipped with curtain side-
impact/ rollover air bags, the curtain air
bag s on both sides of the vehicle are
designed to activate in certain types of
rollovers . This function is in addition to
the side -impact protection function
described a bove. The front air bags are
not likely to activate in this situation.
The air bag s probably will not activate
i f your vehicle is struck from the rear.
On vehicles equipped with side -imp act
and curtain side -impact air bags, the air
bag s on the side the ve hicle was
i mpacted probably will activate
depending on the collision.* The front
air bags are not likely to activate in this