Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX80 Photo Gallery (32 Photos)

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It's no secret that we think Infiniti's large SUV is awkward looking — and that's putting it nicely. The QX80 (previously the QX56) gets a mild exterior styling update for 2015, which should help soften it a bit.

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In front, a curvier lattice-style grille is new, and other changes include revised LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights and a restyled bumper — and don't forget the bling; there's even more chrome trim this year.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Infiniti QX80, QX80 Limited: First Look

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Competes with: Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Looks like: A 2014 QX80 wearing the same dress with new jewelry
Drivetrain: The same 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 as last year
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014 for the regular QX80; late-2014 for the Limited

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For the 2015 model year, the Infiniti QX80 changes a little on the outside, quite a bit on the inside and not at all under the hood. The luxury SUV also adds the new Limited trim, which offers further subtle exterior flourishes along with interior upgrades that the automaker boasts "wouldn't be out of place in an ultra-executive boardroom or private jet."

By Matt Schmitz | April 15, 2014 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2014 Infiniti QX80

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Vehicles Affected: About 468 model-year 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUVs manufactured between Dec. 2, 2013, and Jan. 27, 2014, and equipped with 20-inch wheels.

The Problem: The certification label incorrectly lists the gross axle weight rating as 4,497 pounds when it should be 4,343 pounds. This could result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Infiniti parent company, Nissan, will notify owners starting this month and mail corrected certification labels to owners for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Infiniti at 800-662-6200 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Real-World Cargo Space

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In the scope of large three-row luxury SUVs, the body-on-frame 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a fairly contemporary ute with a cargo area configured more like a crossover's than a truck-based SUV's. The second and third rows fold flat without the seats having to be removed; that's better than the 2014 Lexus LX 570 in which you have to awkwardly fold the third-row seats up to the side of the cargo area.

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The 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row is tall enough to fit both strollers we test at the same time — a large and small one — and separately, two golf bags laid flat with room for more to stack on top. There's a respectable 95.1 cubic feet of maximum luggage space compared to its competitors like the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class when the second and third rows are folded. See how well the above items and more fit into the cargo area in the animation below.

By Joe Bruzek | March 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Holdovers from Cars.com's coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show continue to dominate our list of most-watched videos, with our overview of the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype topping them all at No. 1. Still, this week's roster did welcome a pair of newcomers as our critique of the 2014 Infiniti QX80 lands at No. 3 and PickupTrucks.com's value-minded assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT earns the No. 5 spot. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2014 Infiniti QX80
4. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

By Matt Schmitz | March 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Video

The buzzword for the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is "big." The luxury SUV is big in size, comfort, engine and especially price. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays calls its Salvador Dali-esque exterior styling "droopy." However, there's nothing droopy about the acceleration from the QX80's 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8, which makes for robust passing but lackluster fuel economy. Still, if you're dropping nearly $80,000 (the price of our test car), what you pay at the pump likely will take a back seat to the lush comfort of your second-row passengers. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

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For such a gigantic, luxurious SUV, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 won't win any awards for efficient use of space. Taking a road trip? Tell your travel group to pack light. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger notes that some subcompact cars offer more suitcase space than what's behind the QX80's third row, and its fuel costs are commensurate with the QX80's enormity. Still, Geiger gushes that the first- and second-row seats are as decadently cushy as the interior is tastefully appointed, while opulent exterior styling will elicit gentlemen's bets among admirers as to how much this baby set you back. Read Geiger's review.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Cars That Beat This Winter

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If it seems like we're covering the winter weather all the time that's because there hasn't been much of a break in the snow and cold to write anything else. Luckily, we've been able to pilot some true foul-weather standouts in our test fleet in Chicago and Detroit this season.

By David Thomas | February 20, 2014 | Comments (37)

2014 Infiniti QX80: Big SUV, Small Kids Don't Mix

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The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a three-row behemoth that seems ready-made for families. It can haul up to eight passengers depending on the seat configuration, so I figured that my family of five would be easy for it to handle. Boy, was I wrong.

2014 Infiniti QX80: Car Seat Check

The QX80 — formerly known as the QX56 — has a spacious, luxurious interior, but it didn't play nicely with my young children's child-safety seats, and a difficult-to-access third row had my 3-year-old daughter climbing into the cargo area to get to her car seat; I followed right behind her to buckle her in.

By BreAnn Ahara | February 5, 2014 | Comments (8)

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