Nissan is recalling 13,919 Nissan Altima sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because certain suspension bolts could come loose and fall off. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recalled vehicles were built from May 10 to July 26, 2012.
In a document sent to the federal government, Nissan says, “A rattling noise and vibration would give the driver notice that one of the bolts may be loose. If the driver continues to drive the vehicle in this condition, the bolts may fall out completely and, in that extreme case, the driver may experience difficultly controlling the direction of the vehicle.” Nissan Spokesman Steve Yaeger told The New York Times that no accidents related to the defect have been reported.
NHTSA says the recall will begin by Oct. 29, and Nissan dealers will tighten the bolts to the appropriate specifications for free. If you think your car is included in the recall, you can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. You can also reach NHTSA at 1-800-327-4236 or visit safercar.gov.
This recall includes the redesigned 2013 Altima, as well as the 2012 model, which is from the previous generation. This is the 2013 Altima’s first recall, but there are several different recalls for the 2012 model. The 2012 Altima was also recalled for side and front airbags that may not deploy or inflate properly. There is also a separate recall related to loose bolts in which 20,000 models were affected.
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