Nissan Motor Company has recently issued a recall in the United States for approximately 14,000 Nissan Altima lemon sedans. The Altima is one of Nissan’s top-selling vehicles. The recall is to provide repairs for defects in bolt installation that could potentially result in crash or injury.
Specifically, the recall affects Nissan Altima sedans from 2012 and 2013 model years. These models were built at the Nissan plant in Mississippi where workers first noticed the safety defect during a routine test.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan has reported that the reason for this latest recall is affected vehicles have been manufactured with steering bolts that were not torqued to the proper specification, meaning that these bolts were not tightened properly during production. As a result, driving these affected vehicles may shake the steering bolts loose, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan’s investigation has found that once a loose bolt falls out completely, the driver will experience difficulty controlling the direction of the vehicle. It should be noted that there have already been crashes and injuries reported as a result of this safety defect.
Nissan plans to notify owners of potentially affected vehicles on October 29, 2012. Nissan will request that these Altima owners bring their vehicles in to authorized Nissan dealerships, where the defective bolts will be torqued to the proper specification and tightened properly.
Nissan has revealed that Altima owners may notice a rattling noise while driving vehicles affected by this safety defect – so be sure to listen closely if you’re driving a 2012-2013 Altima model that may be a lemon!
It is important that Nissan Altima drivers are aware that under California’s lemon law, since this safety defect is likely to cause serious bodily injury or even death, the affected vehicle will be presumed to be a lemon if, within 18 months from purchase or 18,000 miles on the odometer of the vehicle (whichever occurs first), the defect has been subject to repair two or more times by Nissan authorized dealerships.
Nissan Altima owners should notify Nissan of the need for repair of this defect. If you own or lease a 2012-2013 lemon Nissan Altima sedan, and you have experienced any of the problems described above, do not delay in consulting with the experienced lemon law attorneys at Consumer Law Experts for a free case evaluation where they can explain your lemon law rights and guide you through the lemon law process.