• Sep 22, 2009
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Certain 2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima models may be fitted with out-of-spec suspension components that may contribute to an accident. As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall campaign (ID #09V358000) to correct the problem in up to 26,398 vehicles. The identified issue is isolated to the upper front strut insulators in both models – the inferior insulators may crack, allowing the struts to move out of position. Understandably, the problem could affect vehicle stability and potentially lead to a crash.

According to NHTSA, Nissan dealerships will be replacing both left and right side strut insulators at no charge to the customer. While the recall campaign doesn't officially begin until October 5, consumers may contact Nissan at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261), or the NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) for further information. Further details are available in the press release after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]







PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

NISSAN / ALTIMA 2009-2010

NISSAN / MAXIMA 2009-2010

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: SEP 10, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V358000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26398

Summary:

NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 ALTIMA AND MAXIMA PASSENGER CARS. THE UPPER FRONT STRUT INSULATORS MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT INSULATOR TO CRACK.

Consequence:

IF THE STRUT INSULATOR IS CRACKED, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT ROD TO COME OUT OF ITS MOUNTING POSITION, WHICH COULD AFFECT VEHICLE STABILITY AND INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:

NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE FRONT STRUT INSULATORS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 5, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261).

Notes:

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Darn, I was hoping they would recall over the front end being full of fail
      • 5 Years Ago
      The big three can never make quality cars. Ooops this is a Nissan recall. An import brand no less.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am not a fanboy. I just like good cars regardless of country.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Relax guy, leave the high horse in the stable for now. Way too quick judge fanboy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whenever the big 3 issues a recall everyone's all "well at least they're fixing the problem" But when anyone else issues a recall the company is called garbage. Amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissans must be falling apart all over American roads. Their long term dependability rating is $*it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The fact is, Nissan didn't make the part....a supplier did. The part was made out of spec....Nissan realized this and is now replacing the parts. No OEM is immune to this and all OEMs share the same suppliers.

      I recommend you go drive a Maxima with the sport package and the summer tires before you pass judgment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford didn't make the Firestone tires which caused those rollover accidents, but a lot of people had no problem blaming Ford. The fact is, you don't buy a car from a supplier, you buy it from the company which built it. Supplier issue or not, the customer will blame the car company. That's just the way it works.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes Dave, I agree with you. The problem in the parts is a sole responsibility of the supplier and not the Nissan Company i guess. Well, it just degrades the reputation of a well known company by the way these suppliers are making faulty parts ( without spec ). But why it happened to come out only when it was sold? I think they should check all these before it reaches the customers..:)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissans are garbage. They look nice for a year or two before the interior falls apart and the gaps in the panels widen dramatically. I don't understand how people can trash domestic build quality and no criticize Nissan.

      Even Mr.K was blowing them up yesterday, and he has a vested interest in them.

      What a joke!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree
        I have an '03 G35 with 100k mile and the only thing i've had to repai was an O2 sensor
        and here is Michigan (the rust bucket) i see no issues with rust so far

        best car i've ever owned and most reliable as well

        I hope next car I buy will be as reliable as this - if I only have to repair one thing in 100k miles that to me that's an awesome car.

        I will say that the japonese usually suffer from rust issues more than domestic, as I know my brothers Pathfinder had both struts rusing out at 100k miles - othere than that though he's never touched it. with 170k mile snow rust has showed up in many places, but reliabiity has never been an issue
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's not true. I have a previous gen sentra with 72k on the odometer. There are no gaps in the interior!

        Now the glove box fell off( simple fix really) and the exhaust is rusting somewhere which makes the car much louder than it should be, and the metal plate over the muffler fell off one day, but damnit there are no gaps!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissans quality has actually gone substantially up in the past couple years and each new model continues to improve on the old. The new Maximas are really great cars...best interior in its class in my opinion. Ironically Toyotas had over twice the amount of Recalls Nissan has in the past 2 years LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of you need to pay more attention.

      This is a SUPPLIER issue, not a Nissan issue. At least Nissan is letting people know about their recalls, unlike Toyota.

      Despite being FWD, the new Maxima is a very nice car.
      Quantumphysics
      • 5 Years Ago
      Front Wheel Drive SUCKS.

      Never ever again will I buy one. Its either RWD, 4WD, AWD or nothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Quantumphysics
        The real question is where the components were sourced. China, anyone?
        The race to the bottom for price and vendors IS causing problems.

        D'Oh!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Quantumphysics
        Some RWD vehicles have strut issues. I recall the BMW Z4 having large quantities of strut problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Quantumphysics
        I was just thinking how much I like this car when I see it on the road. Too bad it is FWD!

        FWD DOES Suck!
      • 5 Years Ago
      my Altima has been holding up great....except when i shut it off or it's idling. the A/C makes a awesome knocking noise...hopefully thats not the strut shifting and making that noise
      • 5 Years Ago
      When will they recall the Maxima over faulty design?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Carsumer Advocacy? Nissan refuses to replace GT-R owner's busted transmission
      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/10/13/carsumer-advocacy-nissan-refuses-to-replace-gt-r-owners-busted/



      REPORT: Nissan GT-R class action suit over transmission failures settled
      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/20/report-nissan-gt-r-class-action-suit-over-transmission-failures/


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