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.
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
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20,000
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.
IF THE BOLT COMES OUT COMPLETELY, THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE DIRECTION OF THE VEHICLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
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.