Andi HedrickCar and Driver
- Nissan is retrofitting its 2021 Rogues built at its Kyushu, Japan, plant before January 28, 2021, with updated passenger safety systems after the SUV got a low two-star crash test rating for the front passenger side in NHTSA testing.
- Any 2021 Rogues built after January 28 in Japan, as well as all that were assembled at Nissan’s Tennessee plant, already have the updated safety systems on board, Nissan said.
- Nissan will be notifying owners of already sold 2021 Rogues built in Japan before January 28 to bring them in to dealers to get the same updates.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue, which was fully redesigned this year, received a low two-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in front passenger-side testing. Now Nissan is going back and retrofitting vehicles to boost that rating. Nissan will be replacing the passenger-side airbag module and the front passenger seatbelt and will update the related software, according to a Nissan spokesperson.
2021 Rogues manufactured at Nissan’s Kyushu, Japan, plant before January 28 are the ones being retrofitted; the Rogues built at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee, plant as well as those assembled after January 28 in Japan are not included, because their passenger restraint system had already been changed by the time the vehicles were built. Owners of 2021 Rogues assembled in Japan before January 28 will be notified to bring their vehicle in to dealers so the changes can be made. It is unclear how many vehicles are affected.
NHTSA gave the 2021 Rogue an overall safety rating of four of a possible five stars. The SUV received an overall five stars in overall side crash safety and four stars for rollover resistance. In overall frontal crash ratings, it got three stars, which averages its four stars for front driver’s-side safety and the two-star rating for the front passenger side.
Nissan didn’t specify by how many stars it expects the change to boost its safety rating for the front passenger side. The updated safety system is yet to be tested, and those results should be available by May of this year, the spokesperson said.
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