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McMac



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:58 pm    Post subject: Airbag light started flashing Reply with quote

Driving on freeway and airbag light just started flashing. There has been no electrical work at all (in more than a year) and it's been driven very little lately. Car was restarted a few times but it continued to blink. I used the procedure in an old thread to reset it, which worked. I'll see if it comes on again.

After poking around online, I found a group of Pathfinder owners complaining of this and several said there was a problem with the horn not working at the same time after the light started blinking (this was also mentioned in this forum https://www.thenissanpath.com/viewtopic.php?t=307 as being caused by using the horn). I couldn't find anything else posted here. They also referenced a recall and claimed that each of their VIN's were not covered under that recall, and that Nissan would not tell them which VIN's were covered. "The manufacturer was contacted by the dealer who stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08v690000 (air bags)."

I also found TSB #NTB-08-055-A from January 2014 with a NHTSA TSB #10025522. It's for the front airbags sensor/control module.

Thoughts anyone?

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This happens in my 05, usually when the wife is trying to help the kids with something in the back, and is crawling around and all over the front seat. Enough conflicting signals from her seat sensor, and the airbags go into 'safe mode' and the light starts blinking.

The only way to get rid of it is to clear the error code with a code reader.

Or do what you did. Smile

Interesting research. I suppose you can't rule out a wiring issue of some sort. Let us know if it comes back!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, go to Nissan's website and use their recall checker to make sure there are no open recalls that are applicable to your problem; you could call your dealer or Nissan's customer hotline @ 1-800-NISSAN-1. You will need your VIN #. If there is a recall that is open and applies to the air bag system, contact your Nissan dealer to have it fixed.

If there are no recalls open, look at the flashing pattern of the air bag warning light. If there is long and short flashes of any pattern, there is a stored code that will need to be accessed using a capable scan tool. If the flashes are all the same length (approx. 1/2 second, on/off/on/off), then it is in present diagnostic mode. In this case, try this procedure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kG7aeTVkdw
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McMac



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did take smj999smj's advice and checked for recalls. There is a recall for the crash zone sensor for the airbags, but is only for vehicles in high road salt usage states (long list). Other states got a warranty extension to 10 years. My VIN showed nothing.

disallow- It's good to know that there are other things which might trip it.

I used that Youtube procedure to reset it and I've driven it a couple of times. It's stayed off so we'll see. It was a steady 1/2 second on/off blink.

If it comes on again, it's off to the dealership and I'll post any news from them.

Thanks all!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update- After clearing the code, it tripped again for the second time 2 days ago. I did clear it a second time and called the dealership and spoke with the service advisor who knows this car. He said they've not really seen problems with the airbags or the control units. Most often he said it's the shielded wiring bundle which connects all the goodies in the steering wheel (that would also explain the horn problems others reported as causing the light to trip), but of course won't know until it trips again and they can read the code. Anyway, since it's happened twice I'm assuming it'll happen again. Next time I'll not clear it and have them look at it and will post what they find.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a steady blinking airbag light. It was taken in by the previous owner at 120k KM's/ 75k miles, scanned and found to be a faulty 'spiral cable' which is in the steering wheel and had a $650CAD parts and labour estimate. I will be having this rechecked and done the next time it goes in for anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Swerve. After things calm down a bit, I'll plan to take it in and get it fixed. Will post what they find. If it is that cable- kind of sounds like it from the various sources- I'll know the ballpark dollar amount.
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