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Nissan Altima Recall 11V371000

Rattle or Vibration from Suspension While Driving

Suspension & Steering, July 19, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

The bolt securing the transverse suspension link may not have been tightened correctly during vehicle assembly. A rattle or vibration may be noted if the bolt were to loosen. If it were to come out completely, the driver may experience difficulty controlling the direction of the vehicle, which could result in a crash.

What Should You Do?

This could be considered a medium priority recall, increasing to high if a rattle or vibration is noted from the vehicle's suspension. For more information, please contact your Nissan dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

The bolt securing the transverse suspension link my not have been tightened correctly during vehicle assembly. A rattle or vibration may be noted if the bolt were to loosen. If it were to come out completely, the driver may experience difficulty controlling the direction of the vehicle, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the transverse link bolts and nuts and tighten them to the proper torque specification. This recall is expected to begin on August 1, 2011.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2011, 2012

Manufacturer's Report Date: July 19, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V371000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 20,000

Summary: NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN ALTIMA SEDAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 25, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 10, 2011 AT THE CANTON, MISSISSIPPI PLANT. THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TORQUED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE BOLT TO BECOME LOOSE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN, CREATING A RATTLING NOISE AND VIBRATION.

Consequence: IF THE BOLT COMES OUT COMPLETELY, THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THE DIRECTION OF THE VEHICLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy: NISSAN WILL REPLACE THE TRANSVERSE LINK BOLTS AND NUTS AND TIGHTEN THEM TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

Notes: OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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