Nissan: Bumper Cover Repairs May Affect Blind Spot Warnings
Feb. 24, 2017—Nissan released a position statement regarding blind spot warning (BSW) technology on its vehicles, stating it will not support any repair, body filler application or paint work on the rear bumper cover in the general area of the side radars.
BSW was introduced to some Nissan vehicles in 2011. On vehicles equipped with this technology, the side radars responsible for triggering the warnings sit behind the rear bumper cover at both corners. In the statement, Nissan refers to its service manual, which states: "Do not attach a sticker (including transparent material), install an accessory or paint work near the side radar."
"The damaged bumper cover should be instead replaced with a new bumper cover," the statement reads. "In addition, since non-OEM bumper covers may vary in materials, build specifications, and fitment, and have not been tested by Nissan as far as compatibility with the BSW system, Nissan recommends replacing the bumper cover with a new Genuine Nissan bumper cover. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may cause the BSW system to not function properly, potentially causing serious safety concerns for our owners."