The 2021 Nissan Rogue arrived as an affordable crossover with plenty of excellent features onboard. However, things changed once a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash-test revealed a fatal flaw in the Rogue’s design.
According to Roadshow, the Rogue received a two-start crash safety rating in the front passenger-side test. Given this alarming result, Nissan is now offering a solution for worried buyers. An updated restraint system should help increase the overall crash-safety rating. However, the carmaker has yet to test these modified crossovers.
What is wrong with the 2021 Nissan Rogue?
According to Roadshow, this 2021 Nissan Rogue story began with that less-than-stellar crash-safety rating. This issue mainly affects crossovers built in the brand’s Kyushu plant before January 28, 2021. To this end, most U.S. examples of the Rogue come from the brand’s Tennessee plant. However, Roadshow reports that Nissan had already taken strides to remedy these issues for all crossovers produced after January 28, both in Japan and in the U.S.
As you might expect, buyers that already own an affected 2021 Nissan Rogue have plenty of reasons to be concerned. Aside from the two-star front passenger-side rating, the Rogue managed to score an overall rating of four stars out of five. In contrast, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 managed to achieve an overall five-star rating.
According to Roadshow, this 2021 Nissan Rogue issue surrounds the crossovers restraint system. Thankfully, Nissan is now offering a comprehensive fix for concerned owners.
How does Nissan plan to fix this?
As you might imagine, the 2021 Nissan Rogue’s safety score is a major concern for the automaker. Aside from retaining the model’s appeal, the brand wants to ensure that all buyers feel safe in their brand-new vehicles. To this end, Nissan has already developed a new restraint system to fix the problem. As a result, the brand is offering a retrofit for all crossovers built before January 28.
If you are an affected buyer, Nissan will contact you to schedule a repair appointment. At this point, your crossover will receive the updated restraint system necessary to retain a better safety rating.
According to Roadshow, the restraint system should greatly improve the crossover’s score. However, given the nature of these tests, the brand hasn’t been able to have the NHTSA re-test the 2021 Rogue to see how the system improves overall ratings.
Fortunately, there is good news for 2021 Nissan Rogue buyers via the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In this separate set of tests, the Rogue excelled, becoming a 2021 Top Safety Pick+. While we don’t know for sure if the IIHS tested an updated model, the major test result difference is undeniable.
How do other 2021 Nissan models stack up?
If you are concerned about the 2021 Nissan Rogue, the brand has plenty of safer models on offer. According to the NHTSA, the Leaf, Altima, Maxima, Murano, and Sentra all received perfect five-star crash-safety ratings. As a result, there is no widespread reason to avoid the brand overall. Additionally, these excellent results likely indicate that the updated Rogue will also finally get a five-star rating once the retests are conducted.