The recall bug has struck Nissan, but fortunately it appears the Japanese automaker caught the problem early on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that Nissan is recalling 20,000 copies of the 2011 and 2012 Altima built between April 25 and June 10 due to a suspension bolt that may not have been torqued to specification.

If the transverse link bolt isn't properly tightened, it may loosen while the vehicle is being driven, which could lead to a rattling noise and vibration. A vibrating vehicle is usually little more than an annoyance, but if the bolt comes out completely, NHTSA says the driver could have trouble controlling their Altima.

To fix the problem, owners of the affected vehicles will need to take their vehicle to a Nissan dealer for a free-of-charge repair. A technician will replace the transverse link bolts and nuts and tighten them to the proper torque specification. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
NISSAN / ALTIMA 2011-2012
Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUL 19, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V371000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SUSPENSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20,000

Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 25, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 10, 2011 AT THE CANTON, MISSISSIPPI PLANT. THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TORQUED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE BOLT TO BECOME LOOSE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN, CREATING A RATTLING NOISE AND VIBRATION.

Consequence:
IF THE BOLT COMES OUT COMPLETELY, THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE DIRECTION OF THE VEHICLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy:
NISSAN WILL REPLACE THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLTS AND NUTS AND TIGHTEN THEM TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.


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      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most dealers I've taken a car to can't torque a lug nut to proper spec... and they're going to do this one properly?
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      2010s are not included??? My Mom's 10 Altima had this vibration earlier in the year!!!
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        If you have a 2010, go to the dealer and ask them to check it out anyway under warranty. It may be something else (bushing, etc.). I have a feeling that this bolt recall may be due to a discrepancy in part spec versus factory torque setting. Often, when the recall happens this quickly, it is due to them finding the discrepancy and wanting to cover themselves (they can't blame suppliers if it wasn't installed to spec), rather than having any reported problems yet..
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      and we cannot even blame this one on some UAW workers.....
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Diggz
      • 3 Years Ago
      is that why the Altimas sagg in the back?
      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      Consumers report loves this car. I have never driven one. I will compare it to the Cruze diesel when it comes out, before I make my next purchase.
        ack154
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        You would compare this to a Cruze diesel... why? Exactly?
          natron3030
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ack154
          Didn't I just tell you? Cruze Diesel gets me excited. But this is supposed to be teh class leader according to consumers report. Are your panties in a bunch still?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how they always downplay the problems that could result. "could start making a noise" "could make it hard to control the car" Ahh.... COULD? sounds more like a ticking time bomb that results in you losing full control over the car.
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking at the dates, it makes you wonder if this is the result of a post-earthquake supplier change. Like if they switched suppliers and continued to use the torque specs of the previous bolt versus those of the new bolt.
      AE86
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks rear heavy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      One ugly car! Nissan had some good looking cars years ago. Everything they make now has a curvy bloated frumpy look.
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