Can Nissan Avoid a Recall of 200,000 Altimas?

Nissan hopes to avoid another costly recall by issuing a “service campaign” for around 200,000 Altimas.

Faulty Suspension Part

The affected 2013 Altimas are plagued with a potential suspension defect. If a part becomes corroded over time due to salt on the roads, it can crack and then detach from the frame.

The service campaign will cover 2013 Altimas in the United States, as well as 2013 and 2014 models in Canada. Only areas where salt is used to clear roads during the winter are affected. That includes 22 states and Washington, DC.

Almost 140 Nissan Altima drivers in the so-called “Salt Band” have reported a problem with corrosion from road salt. Nissan does not believe that cars outside of those states will experience an issue. Thankfully, no injuries or crashes have been reported.

NHTSA Investigation Ongoing

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating more than 2 million Nissan cars for this defect. They started looking into the problem last year when reports of failing control arms began to trickle in. To date, 139 drivers have reported an issue with the corroded suspension part.

These parts allow the car’s tire to move smoothly over bumps, so it’s vital that the control arms remain intact and functional. However, Nissan “does not believe the subject control arm failure poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,” according to the NHTSA report issued last week.

Although the NHTSA initially focused on 2013 Altimas, they recently expanded their investigation to cover vehicles made as recently as 2018. The parts were redesigned in 2018, so newer models should not experience a problem.

Another Costly Recall for Nissan?

Nissan is eager to avoid an official recall–which would include government oversight and extensive testing–by issuing this service campaign.

Just last month, the company was forced to recall almost 100,000 Titan pickup trucks because of an electrical short that caused the engine to stall.

When Does the Service Campaign Begin?

If your vehicle has the faulty suspension part, you’ll receive a notice this fall to bring your Altima in for service. The manufacturer will replace the rear lower control arm. It’s not clear how long it will take to fix this problem.

You can continue to drive your car as usual unless you hear an update on the service campaign. The NHTSA’s investigation into this defect is still ongoing, so check back here at Recall Informer for the latest updates on the Nissan Altima.