Nissan is conducting a safety recall of certain 2012 and 2013 model year Altima sedans for a problem with loose suspension bolts that could result in a loss of vehicle control.
A notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 13,919. Documentation from Nissan (PDF) further breaks down the 2012 and 2013 Altimas subject to the recall as follows:
- 2012 Nissan Altima – approximately 8,420 vehicles, built from May 10, 2012 through June 4, 2012
- 2013 Nissan Altima – approximately 5,499 vehicles, built from June 4, 2012 through July 26, 2012
All of the vehicles subject to the recall were built at the automaker’s Canton, Mississippi, plant. Nissan says that no other Nissan or Infiniti models are affected.
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The issue involves four transverse link bolts and two power steering rack bolts that were not torqued according to specification during vehicle assembly. This condition could cause the bolts to become loosened during driving. The driver may notice a rattling noise and vibration, which could be an indication that one of the bolts is loose.
If the driver continues to operate the vehicle in this condition, the bolts could fall out completely, resulting in a loss of vehicle control and increasing crash risk.
The problem was discovered July 26 during a routine dynamic driving of one vehicle. Subsequent investigation and audit confirmed additional vehicles exhibited the condition.
This is the second recall of Nissan Altima sedans for loose bolts. In July 2011, Nissan recalled some 20,000 2011-2012 Altimas for transverse bolts not torqued to specification. Those vehicles were also built at the Canton, Mississippi, plant.
What Nissan will do
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will tighten the bolts to specification. The repair will be performed at no charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin on or about October 29, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2012 and 2013 Nissan Altima sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V494000.