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Another big recall to report. This time it's Nissan and its bread-and-butter Altima sedan. Apparently, cars with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder have an air filter that can cause some serious problems. It seems that if something hot is sucked into the filter, like ashes from a cigarette, it can catch on fire. Four incidents have already been reported to Nissan. Notices started going out to some of the 140,000 2007 Altima owners last week. Besides replacing the air filter with a presumably less flammable one, Nissan will also add an air deflector to help prevent a potential accumulation of debris in the filter.

In all, 140,582 Altimas have been sold so far this year, making it Nissan's best-selling vehicle, and the ninth-best seller overall in the States. The recall affects Smyrna, Tennessee cars made between Sept. 25 and May 11, as well as those built from Oct. 30 through May 11 at its Canton, Mississippi, factory.

[Source: Chicago Tribune via KickingTires]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder, with the exception of this little blurb on Autoblog, how little the mainstream media will cover this. I'm guessing very little.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is just another proof that the Altima is a really crappy car. By reading this blog you may realize that by not buying an Altima, or as some call it Shitima, It may save your life in future. I don't wanna get burned while driving a car, do you? If yes, then you should get the Nissan Shitima.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One of these engine fires happened here in Vancouver, BC.

      http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2335/photo0043jv8.jpg
        jason
        • 7 Years Ago
        i belive that picture is a fake. the nissan in that picture is a 3.5 SE the recall was for the nissan's with the 2.5 se package
        • 7 Years Ago
        I believe it was Hwy 1 near Langley. I got the picture off a local forum called Revscene.net.
      dean buchinger
      • 7 Years Ago
      DONT BITCH, YOU DONT WANT AN AMERICAN BUILT CAR THAN KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT...
      • 7 Years Ago
      People are missing the bigger issue that really p!sses me off: People throwing cigarette butts out their window. I really hate it, especially when I am riding my motorcycle. I really don't care if you smoke, but don't throw your trash out the window. To me this should not affect their sales, because honestly if we look at the issue at its most basic level, it is a DUH issue.

      Basic Level of the issue: If a hot (ashe for example) is sucked into something that is basically paper (ie flamable), it might catch fire.

      I understand why they are doing this, but it makes me mad that they even have to fix what I don't see as a big deal. If I am wrong please explain why.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It pisses me off too when people throw cups, empty packs of cigarettes, the occasional apple core, and various wrappers. Its always the hoopties never the the nice cars except when you are talking about cigarettes. Thats everyone.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i understand your point. i agree people are pigs... but,
        i also would want an air filter that is fire resistant considering its under my hood.
        it is probably also one of the US regulations that is be flame retardant/resistant.
        would you feel comfortable with 3 rolls of paper streamers under your hood?
      • 7 Years Ago
      If anyone here is niave enough to believe the BS "cigarette in the air cleaner tract" then I have some great swamp land to sell you. On another forum I belong to we have 2 Altima fire pics posted... what do you suppose the odds are that 2 of the 4 fires would be posted to the Internet? Pretty astronomical I would guess. I have spent most of my adult life in the car business and have forgotten more about cars that most of you ill ever know, and there is no way a cigarette is causing these fires. Period. REmember folks, Nissan is just another big corporation looking for your dollars and they don't really gibe a damn about anything else, and that gives them pleanty of motive to lie about this. Think about it, how could one PROVE that a little cigarette caused one of these fires when it would be completely comsumed by the flames?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I witnessed one of these last month in Phoenix. East on 101 passing under I 17 north. It looked just like the fire in carmaniacs post.
      Keen
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5SL. I took it to the dealer to have some optional equipment added last week and the service department said they replaced the air filter with a better one. There is a single exhaust system with dual pipes out the back. At 2000 miles the average mpg is a little over 28. That's calculated. It's not using the silly trip meter that says 30.1 mpg average. The mpg is close to what I expected. Overall workmanship, handling, acceleration, noise, and quality feel seem very good at this point. It's my first non-GM car in 30 years. I like the Altima so far.
      cliff
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an Altima, and within 2 weeks of buying it I really wanted my 94 Toyota Camry back. This Altima is far and above the worst new car I have ever owned, Overall workmanship is on par with a 1964 Ford Fairlane (creaks & rattles), The way the environmental system works is something Rube Goldberg would be proud off. (It would be nice to be able to turn the defroster off without having to stop and restart the ignition). Economy is far worse than my old camry. Once this lease is done it's bye-bye altima and never again will I walk down the Nissan road.
      Cliff Chambliss
      Birmingham, Alabama
      • 7 Years Ago
      so if you have enough miles and replaced your filter?? will Nissan replace those filters as well.
      you get a free air filter service at you next oil change.

      It's not a costly issue to fix (a couple of $ per filter at the next oil change) but this may hurt their sales, as the Altima has been selling very well.
      mike
      • 7 Years Ago
      this gets recalled, but the breaking camshafts in the tundra dont? and those camshafts affected more trucks (20) on a smaller sample size no less.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This won't stop me from getting an Altima as my next car, although it will be the 3.5 SE, can't wait....
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