Nissan addressed an important component of the Safety Shield Technologies, called Blind Spot Warning (BSW), and one of the specific repair considerations that relates to this system.
BSW was introduced to some Nissan vehicles as early as 2011. On vehicles equipped with this technology, the side radars, which are responsible for triggering the BSW, sit behind the rear bumper cover at both corners. For this reason, in a rear end collision scenario, Nissan stated they do not support any repair, body filler application, or paint work on the rear bumper cover in the general area of the side radars. Nissan’s service manuals clearly state: “Do not attach a sticker (including transparent material), install an accessory or paint work near the side radar”.
Nissan stated that the damaged bumper cover should be instead replaced with a new bumper cover. 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 vehicle owners.
For additional detailed information, reference service manual section “DAS”.