Faulty Bolts Prompted the 2012-’13 Nissan Altima Recall


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed that Nissan Motor Company has recalled some of the 2012 and 2013 Nissan Altima due to faulty bolts. Nissan has issued a recall order since there is a great possibility that the faulty bolts might become loose and eventually fall out. When this happens, the driver would surely loss control of the vehicle and cause a collision to happen.

Based on the NHTSA’s summary of the problem, the affected vehicles were most likely equipped with the power steering rack bolts and transverse link bolts that were not properly installed and failed to meet the appropriate specifications that the car maker has set. Since these bolts were not properly tightened to proper specification, these might become loose as the days go by and finally fall out. In the event that any of these bolts would fall out, the vehicle might result to loss of vehicle control that could lead to vehicle crash.

Since this is considered as a major problem, Nissan was forced to recall a total of 13,919 units of the 2012 and 2013 Nissan Altima. The recall will cover the Altimas that were produced by the company’s assembling plants from May 10, 2012 until July 26, 2012.  The recall will allow the company’s dealerships to tighten the bolts of all the affected vehicles and make sure that these adhere to the proper specifications.

When asked about the recall issue, Nissan has cleared out that the other Infiniti and Nissan models were not affected by the recall. The car maker has also revealed that the problem was unveiled internally specifically when the company’s engineers detected that the front-suspension of an Altima was rattling while conducting the so-called “routine dynamic driving evaluation. After the detection, Nissan might have conducted a thorough investigation which eventually led to the issuance of the recall order.

Due to this recall issue, a lot of car experts currently believe that the individual sales output of the 2013 Nissan Altima would most likely be affected by the problem. However, Nissan is quite optimistic that many car buyers would still purchase the Altima since this vehicle offers a lot of benefits that most of its competitors cannot.

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