The Nissan Pulsar has been recalled to address two safety issues, including a curtain airbag defect that affects every new-generation car imported to Australia to date.
Affecting 12,000 Nissan Pulsar hatches and 800 Pulsar sedans, the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website explains the B-pillar-mounted curtain airbag's satellite sensor may not have been installed correctly and in "extremely rare cases" may deploy "incorrectly".
"If the defect occurs, the airbag may not adequately protect occupants in the event of a collision," the notice says.
The recall also affects 1600 Nissan Almera models built earlier this year.
The second recall relates to a brake light switch fault on 1500 Pulsar hatches. The issue does not affect braking performance.
According to the ACCC notice, an incorrect specification brake light switch was installed in some vehicles fitted with the Pulsar's continuously variable transmission.
"In extremely rare cases, the rear stop lamps may not work due to stop lamp switch failure. If the brake lamp switch fails, this poses a hazard to the driver and other road users."
Nissan Australia corporate communications supervisor Chris Jordan told CarAdvice to rectify the first issue an inspection, and if necessary correction, of the side curtain airbag sensor installation will be completed at no cost to owners, taking approximately 30 minutes. A replacement of the incorrect brake light switch will be completed to fix the second issue, also taking 30 minutes and coming at no cost to owners.
Jordan said no incidents or injuries have been reported relating to either issue.
The all-new Nissan Pulsar sedan launched in Australia in February followed by the hatch in June. Sales to the end of September totalled 10,918 units.