Joined: Jul 2017
Location: Near Ft Bragg, NC
I received the airbag light recall on my Altima. When i went to have the dealer perform the procedure to "correct" the "problem", that's when I found out what they were going to do to "fix" it. Nissan, in the best wisdom, decided that the passenger airbag light would now be staying on the whole time, unless the parameters were met to have the light go out, therefore enabling the airbag to deploy if necessary. I had the guy read that back to me again to make sure that I heard that correctly. I did. What a crock. So their "correction of the problem" was to have a yellow light on all the time. 99.9% of the time I use my car, I'm alone, and the rest of the time the passenger is in the back seat. I do not want a caution light on all the time. The check engine light is yellow, the abs light is yellow, for a reason, to let you know there is a problem that needs attention. Now they add an airbag light into the mix. Personally, I think that is a mistake, but that's my opinion and we know how much that is really worth. I DID NOT have the dealer do the recall. I do not want to be distracted by a caution light on all the time. I was told that the 2017 models were going to have the light on all the time as well, if no one or thing was in the passenger seat meeting the criteria, whatever that REALLY is, to have the light out. Nissan, you get an F for this "fix". I did not trade my car in for a newer one for this reason. I will keep my 2014. I like the car as it is. Anyway...
As far as driving defensive goes, yeah that is great and everyone should do it. However, you cannot predict what will happen, BRubble, and all your scenarios left out one important thing: A head on collision, which is what the airbag system was originally designed for. Sure you can follow further back and pay more attention. Any sane person would. But someone coming at you head on with nowhere to go, is out of your control. Unless you decide to not use public roadways at all, you are going to have to access the risk at a personal level and then decide what to do. I do this everyday, as I ride motorcycles daily. And I have been run over by women on the phone. Not fun. That's a different subject entirely though, and will not go into what I think should happen to people who run over bikers. Anyway...Airbags have nothing to do with making people less attentive on the road, giving them a crutch if you will. BUT, ABS, traction control, proximity sensors, and the like, do. Those are idiot control devices as they are all used before an impact. Airbags are there to lesson the force of an impact, after the collision occurs. I totally understand where butchm is coming from. He is being responsible for his wife's well being, as any real husband would. As far as airbags causing more harm than help, well, there are people that claim the same thing about seat belts. I'm not driving without a seat belt on. The end. BTW, if you decide to disable your airbags, a govt mandated safety feature, and someone in your vehicle gets injured and the airbag COULD have prevented that, your lawyer better be really good. That injured person will own you. And everything you have, and then some. Just something for you to think about. Be safe out there folks.
2014 Altima 2.5 S CVT
2013 Sentra 1.8 6-Speed
1994 Sentra XE 1.6 5-Speed (Only 1-4 work)