Do you know what a transverse link bolt is? Well, if you own either a 2012 or 2013 Nissan Altima, the seemingly inconsequential piece of hardware may concern you. A recall has been issued regarding over 13,000 Altima's built between May 10 and July 26 of 2012.

The warning is in regards to said transverse link bolts as well as rack bolts in the power steering system. These bolts were apparently not torqued to the proper specification. The fallout from carrying on without addressing this issue? These elements could become loose, and actually may lead to loss of control of the vehicle.

Nissan is notifying owners of affected vehicles. These models will have the involved blots tightened to the recommended specifications. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the recall will take effect on, or about October 29 and owners are encouraged to contact either Nissan or NHTSA.


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      AndrewH
      • 2 Years Ago
      A couple of little corrections: An extraneous apostrophe in the first paragraph: "A recall has been issued regarding over 13,000 Altima's built..." Misspelling of "bolts: in the last paragraph: "These models will have the involved blots tightened ..."
      re037
      • 2 Years Ago
      the transverse link controls the toe on the rear. if the rack bolts comes loose, dead center will always be different after turning full lock. yay.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are other instances that have happened. I know for a fact that certain model years Pathfinders and Exterras I believe had a problem with coolant or something getting into the transmission causing the transmissions to break down. And a lot of this was happening to vehicles just as the manufacturers warranty was "just" running out or had run out. But I didn't hear much about this on the news, had to do some research on it. Friend of mines Pathfinder started making a shuddering at speed which felt just like running over the rumble strips...which at first thats what I thought it was,rumble strips, but upon research thats when I found all of the transmission problems. Perhaps someone else knows more information about this.
      Da 'Buck
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad that horn thingy wasn't working to let them know when they reached proper torque...
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you auto blog for informing us they are going to tighten the involved "blots"
      • 2 Years Ago
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      AL-Concetta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any car built in America and by Americans are nothing but junk. they do not take pride in their work. then they wounder why we buy Japanese made cars made in Japan. American car makers will never learn and nither will the workers.
      lhkzoomzoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bought our first ever Nissan (Sentra) 2 yrs ago. Ended up filing a Lemon Law suit with Nissan and winning!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
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      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never been in a Nissan that wasn't in some way or another, broken. A friend bought one new and while driving it home on the highway, the entire transmission fell out from under the car. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks her baby girl was in the hospital for 4. They had the audacity to say they wanted to fix it. She got a lawyer, they bought back the car and she got a huge settlement out of it. I'd NEVER buy one of these death traps.
      John Galt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing new for Nissan: 1. My 2007 G35 Coupe had the swaybar link bolt fall out at speed. Fortunately nothing horrible happened. 2. My 2007 G35 Coupe in (maybe they say) an unrelated incident had to have the entire front suspension replaced under warantee because a bolt wasn't tightened properly at the factory and caused the whole thing to shake loose and damage itself over time (took 5 mechanics to finally diagnose the issue and fix the gawd awful noise.) 3. my 2010 Nissan Maxima started thumping at 20,000 miles they claim there is nothing wrong, but the right side makes a nasty thump going over bumps that the left side does not). IT's at 52,000 now and going in again because it's much worse. Hopefully it will get fixed under warantee this time and they won't blow it off. Once is a fluke. 3 times is not. Nissan has serious issues their suspension whether it be bolts loose or otherwise.... but at least they don't put on 15,000 mile "starter tires" from China on their cars like Toyota is doing....
      mikoprivat
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe this sounds like a cliche, but only idiots who buy asian krap could have at least one if not two loose bolts
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikoprivat
        You're right, buying cars that tend to last better, have better reliability, more efficiency, handle better, etc definitely have a few screws loose.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wrxfrk16
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      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      for those pointing to Accords and Camry's they have their issues as well and here is one from Honda just in case I also pasted the link... Honda Will Recall 2.5 Million Cars Worldwide To Fix Transmission Software http://www.insideline.com/honda/accord/honda-will-recall-25-million-cars-worldwide-to-fix-transmission-software.html
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