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Nissan Altima Recall 03V251000

Nissan Recalls 2002-2003 Altimas Due to Defective Gas Tank

Recall Details

Nissan is recalling 2002-2003 Altimas in cold-weather states because in extremely cold temperatures, moisture in the fuel tank could freeze and form ice crystals, which may obstruct the suction opening of the fuel pump. This can prevent the supply of fuel to the engine and cause the engine to stop, which could result in a crash. Dealers will install a screen at the suction opening of the fuel pump.

Engine, August 18, 2003

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
August 18, 2003
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
377,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
03V251000
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

Summary
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ALASKA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, IOWA, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KANSAS, MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NORTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, VERMONT, WISCONSIN, AND WYOMING. AT EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES, MOISTURE IN THE FUEL TANK COULD FREEZE AND FORM ICE CRYSTALS. THESE ICE CRYSTALS MAY OBSTRUCT THE SUCTION OPENING OF THE FUEL PUMP.
Consequence
THIS CAN PREVENT THE SUPPLY OF FUEL TO THE ENGINE AND CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STOP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A SCREEN AT THE SUCTION OPENING OF THE FUEL PUMP TO PREVENT ICE CRYSTALS FROM BLOCKING THE OPENING. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON AUGUST 18, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-333-0829.
Notes
NISSAN RECALL NOS. R3012/P3142.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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