Nissan Recalls Altima, Sentra Sedans Over Defects
About 20,000 Altima sedans are being recalled by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. to fix a potential steering defect that could lead to an auto accident. The cars being recalled are from the 2011 and 2012 model year and were built in the Canton, Mississippi plant during the April 25 to June 10 time period. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a transverse link bolt may not have been tightened properly. Drivers may hear a rattling or vibration indicating the bolt has loosened. Once the bolt loosens or drops off, the driver would have difficulty steering which could cause a crash. Consumers should bring their Nissan into the dealer and the bolts will be replaced and tightened to the correct specifications.
Another recall issued August 18 by NHTSA also concerns the Nissan Altima and Nissan Sentra, 2002-2003 model years. Nissan North America is recalling 338,000 cars to have a protruding portion of an exhaust pipe removed. The cars equipped with a 2.5 liter engine have a hanger pin on the exhaust pipe that may catch debris from the road and can erupt into a fire. On the 2002 vehicles, certain operating conditions may cause engine damage and the precatalyst to overheat.
Any consumer who does not receive a remedy from the dealer should call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. The NHTSA Hotline can also be called at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Automakers seem to increasingly being putting cars on the road that are defective in design or in their manufacture. The Florida auto product liability lawyers at the Farah & Farah law firms suggest you occasionally check the NHTSA.gov website to see if your car is facing a recall of any kind. Certainly if you are about to purchase a used car it makes sense to see if it too is under any recall notices and whether it’s been serviced for any recalls in the past.
Sources: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-nissan-recalls-about-20000-altima-sedans-in-us-20110801,0,4164766.story and http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/results.cfm?SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=03V084000&summary=true