A pressure regulator that over- or underinflated spare tires for five days earlier this year has led to a recall of 123,308 units of the 2013 Nissan Altima. Sedans that were manufactured from March 21-26 are those possibly affected by the temporary tire snafu, the recall for which will begin on May 3.

Those notified of the issue can take their sedans to their local Nissan dealer, who will check the tire pressure and correct it if necessary, but we imagine owners can probably just whip out a tire gauge to check and adjust the inflation for themselves. Should you need it, there's an official notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration below with a few more details.
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Report Receipt Date: APR 24, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V158000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 123,308

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Model
Model Year(s)

NISSAN ALTIMA 2013

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Nissan North America is recalling certain model year 2013 Altima vehicles manufactured March 21, 2012, through March 26, 2013. The spare tires may have been significantly over- or under-inflated.

CONSEQUENCE:
Tires that are significantly over- or under-inflated may fail without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and adjust the spare tire pressure, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 3, 2013. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      autonimous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are people so stupid these days that they cannot check their own tire pressure? It's a spare tire, you should be checking it every so often any way - most people do not... think about it, you get a flat out in the middle of nowhere - not a problem, I have a spare... uh, problem, I have not checked it in 5 years and it too is flat...
        posthuf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @autonimous
        Why should people do that for themselves? Govenmentium does every thing else for them, government should check the water, air, oil and batteries in their cars as well. Most expensive auto service business ever, and 'we the people' have allowed them to dumb us down to the point where we no longer care. Award for the all time funniest person who ever lived for his performance at the White House Correspondence Dinner, please. And the winner is... yep, you guessed it!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @posthuf
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      Red
      • 1 Year Ago
      This a minor issue. I could just have some small tire pressure gauge and undo the over pressure in the comfort of my own garage. ;)
      michigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad they have to do a recall over something so trivial. The average driver probably has no idea how to their tire pressure and never even thinks about it
      BG
      • 1 Year Ago
      "owners can probably just whip out a tire gauge to check and adjust the inflation for themselves.." What, American suburbanites do something practical with their car ownership experience? Do maintenance? What are you saying???
      Randy Walton
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...SNAFU..." might not be the appropriate term to use in this story, since it's such a relatively small, isolated issue?
      Kelly Harkins
      • 1 Year Ago
      My altima is the one that triggered the recall. I hadn't even had the car for 2 months when the spare tire exploded inside my trunk. The dealership pre-sale inspection was crap. Most people wouldn't think to check the spare tire... out of sight, out of mind. This is my third Altima. I've never had any trouble out of my first two but this one was definitely a lemon.
        Red
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kelly Harkins
        Really... Any pix of the tire that you said "exploded"? And what dealer branch did you report the incident?
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow I feel sorry for our stupid society Stop making people lazier man
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        Think they are just taken precaution, but do not really see the reason for a recall, but I guess the highway safety tell them they have to.
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      in fact they recalled due ugliness, this is just a cover up clever one tho, i must admit
      • 1 Year Ago
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      GTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should recall it for the Fugly lexus grill they put on it. And the nissan sentra and pathfinder should be recalled for and entire fail of a design..
      Rob Gomes
      • 1 Year Ago
      >but we imagine owners can probably just whip out a tire gauge to check and adjust the inflation for themselves Sadly, if you did a survey of car owners to see how many own a tire pressure gauge, you'd probably find it to be fewer than 1 in 5. I wish I was joking, but that's probably in the ballpark.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob Gomes
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        StephenT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob Gomes
        It is sad but you are correct. My tire pressure gauge is in my center console but a big number of car owners don't know how to check air pressure or add some air when it's low. They panic and run to the garage, dealer, or repair center when that tire pressure light comes on.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob Gomes
        I know, that made me laugh. I probably know about 20 people total that own a tire pressure gauge and know how to use it and use it.
      KO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lawyers making society stupid as always.
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