2022 Nissan Sentra Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertain and structure issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Originally introduced to the U.S. market in 1982, the Nissan Sentra has been one of the manufacturer’s best sellers for many years. The current model was redesigned in 2020, and it retains its popularity.

At the same time, with no design changes, it makes sense to take complaints about the previous two model years into account when assessing 2022 Nissan Sentra problems. After all, forewarned is forearmed.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Nissan Sentra

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Vehicle Speed Control
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Power Train
Unknown Or Other
Air Bags
Fuel/propulsion System

Main Points

We have based this report on information provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here are some interesting points to note:

  • So far, there are four formal complaints about the 2022 Nissan Sentra on file with the NHTSA. These are listed under five categories, Air Bags, Electrical System, Forward Collision Avoidance, Suspension, and Unknown or Other. Several complaints cite two areas of concern.
  • All the complaints involve some sort of malfunction or failure.
  • 8 of the 23 complaints about the 2021 Nissan Sentra were about forward collision avoidance, and 6 were about the electrical system. Close to 50% of the 51 complaints about the 2020 Nissan Sentra relate to forward collision avoidance and 7 to the electrical system.
  • NHTSA’s 5-star safety ratings show that, with only three stars, the front passenger side doesn’t fare well in a head-on collision. The front driver side is rated five stars.
  • As at mid-2022 there were no recalls affecting the 2022 Sentra.
  • There are currently 18 manufacturer communications on record. These relate to 14 components, with the electrical system topping the list with 14 notifications. Most combine other components including equipment, engine and engine cooling, and forward collision avoidance.

Most Common Problems

As  mentioned above, the Nissan Sentra is now in its third model year. And it seems that the 2022 Sentra complaints pattern may follow in the footsteps of the 2020 and 2021 Sentras. The most common problems, as with the previous two years, are the electrical system and forward collision avoidance.

Airbags are another problem worth mentioning.

Forward Collision Avoidance Problems

Even though this complaint made by a Sentra owner in Florida in May 2022 is filed under Forward Collision Avoidance, there seem to be multiple problems. These include stalling for no reason, a faulty transmission, lack of acceleration, and other issues.

“My car continuously feels like it’s going to stall out and actually is just sitting at a red light. With no warning the car just stalled on me. The throttle body has been replaced already, they reset my RPMs a different time, and just replaced the entire transmission. It’s a brand new 2022 Sentra and only had 14 miles on it when I bought it in March. I should not have had the transmission replaced already on a brand new car. Even with the transmission being replaced, the car is still wanting to stall out. This makes for very unsafe driving and could lead to an accident as well.

“It also has acceleration issues. When pressing the gas pedal it doesn’t want to go, then out of nowhere speeds up real fast. Very concerned and wondering if I’m the only person with such bad luck to be the only car owner of a brand new Sentra having this problem with my car.

“It’s been to the repair shop 4 times already and I will be going back less than a week later after having the transmission replaced. The forward collision sensor stops working when it’s raining outside as well. That’s the time you need it the most. It says it’s been disabled and the sensor is blocked even though there is nothing blocking it.”

Problems with the Airbags

This airbag complaint is filed under Air Bags and Forward Collision Avoidance. According to the owner, the airbag warning light went on after purchase of the car in California. He took the vehicle to a dealer who replaced an airbag sensor. But this did not remedy the problem.

“Needs airbag control module that has an unknown ETA for replacement. For issue with auto braking and forward collision, was merging on freeway, and while accelerating, the dashboard warning lights activated, and the center dash communication area notified me of an error in the system.”

Electrical System Problems

2022 Sentra problems relate to malfunctions.

An owner from Oklahoma states that after starting the car one day, a malfunction signal popped up “and we lost power to everything.”

A Washington DC owner was told the throttle of the car malfunctioned. ”I was driving on the highway and the car would not accelerate, the dash said (it was) malfunctioning and the cars driving beside me had to swerve around me. I took the car back to the dealership where I purchased it and was told that parts had to be ordered and that it was a throttle malfunction.

“The car has not been inspected by anyone except those at the Nissan dealership where it was purchased. There were no warning signs before the malfunction. In the middle of driving, the car slowed down and would not allow me to accelerate to match the speed of the other vehicles around me (70 MPH). As I continued to push the gas, the lights on the dash lit up and said malfunction.”

What to do if your 2022 Nissan Sentra is a Lemon? Your Lemon Rights

If you experience problems or safety issues with your 2022 Nissan Sentra, you might have bought a lemon. Generally, these issues keep recurring, and they impact your safety or use of your car.

You can try and get your dealership to rectify the problem, or you can contact Lemberg Law to do it for you. We negotiate all kinds of settlements for clients who have bought lemons, including buybacks and replacement vehicles.

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Brian Jones

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Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Rickey m

    My girlfriend Laurie owns a 2015 Nissan Sentra and she’s had nothing but problems with this car. First off we will start with the transmission problems this car has due to having a CVT transmission they claim they will help there customers and they don’t. There is multiple issues with this car and Nissan knew about the problems before they put the vehicles on the market. The ECU has issues tie rod issues seat belt issues and many more I can go on about but I don’t have to because anyone who owns a Nissan are aware of these issues.

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