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front view of a silver 2019 Nissan Frontier

Do I need to have trailer brakes on my trailer in Maryland?

Trailering laws differ to varying degrees throughout the United States. As such, it’s important to be aware of the specific regulations in your particular state, as well as those of any state you happen to end up driving through. One particular rule that tends to vary is if (and when) trailer brakes are required on a trailer.

On that note, whether you live here in Maryland, or are just passing through with your trailer, it’s important to be aware of the trailering laws and requirements of the Old Line State. Does one need to have trailer brakes on their trailer when towing or hauling in Maryland? Continue reading

White 2020 Nissan Rogue drives up a snowy mountain

Is it possible to lock all-wheel drive on for all wheels in a 2020 Nissan Rogue?

2020 Nissan Rogue AWD Lock Feature

The 2020 Nissan Rogue offers available all-wheel drive, a feature that will intelligently sense when certain wheels are lacking in traction and send extra power to those wheels to help them out when they need it.

Unlike four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive does not power all four wheels uniformly. But what if you want all four wheels powered at once with the all-wheel drive system? Can the driver lock all-wheel drive on for all wheels in a 2020 Nissan Rogue? Continue reading

A man yells "Takata!!" as his airbag explodes in a dangerous manner.

Where can I take my Takata airbag for recall in Salisbury, MD?

Recalled Takata Airbag Replacement

Due to a certain penchant for exploding and hurling dangerous shrapnel around, a recall has been issued for Takata airbags. Nissan, along with 13 other automakers, utilized these now-dangerous airbags in several of their new vehicles in the first decade of the current millennium. If you’re one of the “lucky” few with a Takata airbag in their ride, you may be wondering: where can I get my recalled Takata airbag replaced in Salisbury, MD?


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As an authorized Nissan service center, we here at Pohanka Nissan would be happy to replace the Takata airbag in your vehicle. With many different Pohanka branches all specializing in different automotive brands, we can likely perform the recall on your vehicle even if it’s not a Nissan. Check here for a look at all the Pohanka of Salisbury dealerships and service centers.

When will the recalled Takata airbags be replaced?

Dealers aim to start replacing the airbags around February 10th.

Does getting a recalled Takata airbag replaced cost anything?

Nope! The airbags will be replaced at no cost to the owners.

Which vehicles does the Takata airbag recall apply to?

Many different brands and models use these airbags. Each automaker has issued their own recalls for their models that are affected by this defect. Nissan issued a recall in early 2020 for 346,000 vehicles worldwide. Most of them are located in North America.

Nissan models with recalled Takata airbags include certain:

  • 2001 through 2003 Maxima models
  • 2002 through 2006 Sentra models
  • 2002 through 2004 Pathfinder models
  • 2007 through 2011 Versa models

Additionally, they have recalled:

  • 2001 through 2004 Infiniti I30 and I35 models
  • 2002 through 2003 QX4 models
  • 2003 through 2008 FX 35 and FX 45 models
  • 2006 through 2010 M35 and M45 models

If your Nissan has been recalled, you should have been notified in some way. If you’re unsure, check for any recalls on your ride using our handy tool.

Red 2019 Nissan Altima drives with the backdrop of an orange sunset.

How many airbags are in the 2020 Altima?

Airbags in the 2020 Nissan Altima

The 2020 Nissan Altima further refines the fully redesigned 2019 model that brought a big upgrade to the popular line. The sedan continues to be acclaimed for its array of cutting-edge features, excessively comfortable seats, and engine that weds both power and efficiency.

It also continues to keep driver and passenger secure with modern safety features. Though they don’t get the spotlight as often as the latest computerized lifesaving gizmos, airbags remain a central element of the automotive safety experience. How many airbags does the 2020 Nissan Altima have?


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The 2020 Nissan Altima comes with ten standard air bags. Together, they comprise the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, which includes:

  • Dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors.
  • Driver and front-passenger knee-mounted air bags
  • Front and rear seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor

Altogether, this suite of airbags combines to keep occupants of the 2020 Nissan Altima as cushioned as possible in the event of a collision.

Safety Features of the 2020 Nissan Altima

Other safety features in the 2020 Nissan Altima go by intriguing acronyms like VDC, TCS, and ABS. Read on to find out not only what these acronyms stand for, but what they do.

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC): When oversteer or understeer are detected, the Vehicle Dynamic Control feature makes the smart choice to reduce engine power and apply brake pressure to specific wheels to help the driver deal with it.
  • Traction Control System (TCS): When troublesome wheelspin occurs, the Traction Control System responds instantly by helping to reduce the throttle. This allows the driver to regain available traction and maintain control.
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): If the driver needs to slam on the brakes, ABS pumps the brakes rapidly to prevent the wheels from locking. This allows the driver to maintain steering control and better avoid obstacles.
  • Electronic Brake force Distribution: This feature doesn’t get a cool acronym (and for some reason “force” is not capitalized), but we still need to give it credit. This advanced braking system sends extra force to the rear brakes when there’s additional weight in the vehicle.
  • Brake Assist: If a hard-braking situation is detected, Brake Assist helps apply maximum braking force.
  • LATCH System: Nissan wants to keep your kids safe too. The LATCH system allows LATCH-compatible child restraints in the back seat to be secured without the need for seat belts or a locking clip. Check out the Snug Kids® Child Safety Seat Fit Guide for a list of child seats that fit in the rear of Nissan vehicles, along with hot tips on correct installation.
driver dash and infotainment system of a 2018 Nissan Sentra

Listing the Standard & Available Features of the 2018 Nissan Sentra

If you’re looking for the best compact sedan out there, then you need look no further than the new Nissan Sentra lineup at Pohanka Nissan of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula. Now, there are many reasons why the 2018 Sentra lineup is the best of the best when it comes to compact sedans, but toward the top of that extensive list is the suite of standard and available features that come with a new Nissan Sentra. With that in mind, we decided to list some of the best standard and available features for the 2018 Nissan Sentra lineup.

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What are Some of the Best Standard Features that Come With a 2018 Nissan Sentra at Pohanka Nissan of Salisbury on the Eastern Shore of Maryland?

As we mentioned in our introduction, the standard features of the 2018 Nissan Sentra lineup include a comprehensive suite of advanced new safety, technology, comfort and convenience systems. That list includes automatic emergency braking capabilities, a RearView Monitor, a 5.0-inch color infotainment system, Bluetooth streaming audio capabilities, Siri Eyes-Free compatibility, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual zone automatic temperature control technology, Intelligent Cruise Control technology, and, newly standard for the 2018 Sentra SL, a moonroof, a Bose® Premium Audio System, and NissanConnectSM Services Powered by Sirius XM®.

What are Some of the Best Optional Features Available for a 2018 Nissan Sentra at Pohanka Nissan of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula?

Available features for the 2018 Nissan Sentra lineup include NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, a 5.8-inch color infotainment system, blind spot warning technology, and rear cross traffic alert capabilities.

For more on the 2018 Nissan Sentra lineup and all of our other new Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs, please get in touch with our staff here at Pohanka Nissan of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula.