• Oct 26, 2009
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The 2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima are being recalled over a suspension issue. The problem is the upper front strut insulators on some cars, which might not meet specified tolerances and therefore crack. Nissan is notifying owners this month and the repair will be taken care of by dealers, who will replace the strut insulators on both sides. Follow the jump to read the notice from the NHTSA. Hat tip to Art G



[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

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 DURING OCTOBER 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
      I thought I saw in the TV ad they tested it over and over again so it will survive the real world? hm.. i guess the ad is a bull
        • 5 Years Ago
        did you read that it said parts not build to spec tolerances
        that means the supplier shipped parts that did not meet the Nissan Spec
        happens a lot
        not to let nissan off the hook as they are supposed to have in place quality controll that would identify such issues and not allow any bad produt to make it in the field

        but it happens to all manufacturers plenty of times
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wonder if the noise my Altima has been making is from this...its a loud popping noise when the car comes to a stop......great
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have a 09 coupe and I have the same popping noise in the front and rear. I am so disappointed in this car. I wish I would have kept my 2002 Celica with 120.00. miles on it. I never had 1 problem with the Celica and the car never rattled or popped. I wonder how long I will be in the dealer for this now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are you spamming?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this include the Hybrid model?
      My father just bought one during the cash for clunkers deal
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai is looking better and better...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why are you even comparing Hyundai, second most reliable and highest ranked in initial quality of all non-premium automakers, to a mediocre brand such as Nissan? I don't understand. If I were to be an engineer at Hyundai, I would be very insulted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Vizel

        You win.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This issue with the Altima actually has been known for a few years now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Marlboro Nissan- Marlborough Nissan Dealer have found that the Massachusetts and Boston Nissan Dealer. As one of the largest Nissan dealers in the Marlboro MA region, Since, Marlboro Nissan gives you a chance to find the new vehicle that will truly be able to satisfy your needs and desires, customers have come to trust us for our ability to get them into the exact vehicle they desire.

      It has goes beyond being the best Marlborough, Boston Nissan dealers. We are one of the few Massachusetts new car dealers that can offer the kind of choices that you want from an auto dealership because of our access to central inventory. If another Massachusetts Nissan dealer has a vehicle that matches your needs, we can probably get it for you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There was a similar recall on the rear suspension on my '02 Altima. Dealer replaced the "entire" rear suspension under recall.

      There was also a recall on the SE-R Sentra for intake manifold screws that weren't torqued/lock-tighted properly which could cause the screw to come loose and be ingested into the intake and subsequently shred the catalytic converter. I found out about that because my Altima did the same thing, however because there was no recall for the Altima (even though it was basically the same engine) my car was not fixed. I was however, after the dealer talked to Nissan, offered a trade in for more than I owed on the car, coincidence? I now have a Rogue with the same engine again... tempting my luck?

      I'm on my 3rd Nissan/Datsun and for all the problems I've had I would still buy another. I guess I'm a sucker but they work well for me and Nissan has done the right thing when they didn't work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nowadays, when I think of Nissan...the GT-R comes to mind, but that's about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      really,
      they just recalled a bounch of cars not too long ago due to hte airbag blowing in the drivers face when the car was put in park

      i'd really love to see one of these videos make it to Americas Funniest Videos Show
      - getting blasted by the airbag as you put it in park has got to be a funny moment
      Irene Stanhope
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a NISSAN ALTIMA HYBRID 2009 with 66k, which stop working on me, went to the dealer and was told that it might be the steering wheel control unit which would d be expensive to find out later that there is a extended warranty on the piece no thanks to the dealer
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many times will Autoblog repost the same thing???

      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/22/nissan-recalling-26-000-2009-2010-altima-and-maxima-sedans-over/

      Art G needs to learn the 'art' of the search function.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And you need to learn not to shoot from the hip. I submitted this tip back in September when it was released by NHTSA but wasn't credited then. Ask Autoblog why they decided to repost it.
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