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The airbag is no functional, but the light does not come on if there is no-one in the seat. If there IS someone, but they are under 80lb (I think its higher) then the light comes on. The only time the airbag actually works is if a heavy person is sitting inthe seat.

So if your seat is empty, the light should come on briefly, then turn off.
 

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2006 owners manual

Front passenger air bag and status light
WARNING
The front passenger air bag is designed to
automatically turn OFF under some conditions.
Read this section carefully to
learn how it operates. Proper use of the
seat, seat belt and child restraints is necessary
for most effective protection. Failure
to follow all instructions in this
manual concerning the use of seats, seat
belts and child restraints can increase the
risk or severity of injury in an accident.
Status light
The front passenger air bag status light is
located under the climate controls. The light operates
as follows:
c Unoccupied passenger’s seat: The is
OFF and the front passenger air bag is OFF
and will not inflate in a crash.

c Passenger’s seat occupied by a small adult,
child or child restraint as outlined in this
section: The illuminates to indicate
that the front passenger air bag is OFF and
will not inflate in a crash.

c Occupied passenger seat and the passenger
meet the conditions outlined in this section:
The light is OFF to indicate that
the front passenger air bag is operational.
 

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Mine goes on sometimes with my fiance in the passenger seat and I think if she seats with one leg under the other, like Indian style but not both... Kinda worries me, I wonder where the sensor is in the seat...
 

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bigwilly11189 said:
Mine goes on sometimes with my fiance in the passenger seat and I think if she seats with one leg under the other, like Indian style but not both... Kinda worries me, I wonder where the sensor is in the seat...
It's right in the center. What should worry you more than the air bag not going off is the way you GF is sitting. No matter what, sitting with your leg under you is not going to be good in a crash. Same with feet on the dash.
 

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I think having the seatbelt plugged in has something to do with too.
Mine will illuminate and then turn off when nothing is in the seat but plug in the seatbelt and it assumes you have something lightweight but still secured by the belt and remains illuminated.
 

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dpatton said:
mtdewmike said:
Sure, I could go out and check my owner's manual, but I don't feel like getting up.
Then why don't you download a PDF version of your owner's manual?
http://nissan.ca/en/owning/manualsguides/default.asp
That's for Canadian models, but I'm sure there must be an equivalent
place to download US manuals.
I have the US version for 2006 (where I copied the above from) in PDF, if anyone can't find it, PM me your email address and I will email it to you when I get back to work on Monday.
 
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