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Nissan Altima Recall 12V494000

Loose Steering/Suspension Bolts

Recall Details

These vehicles may have been assembled with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification. The affected bolts could become loose and fall out, which may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications to correct this concern.

Our Quick Take

Certain bolts in the front suspension/steering may not have been properly tightened during vehicle assembly. The affected bolts could become loose and fall out.

What Should You Do?

Nissan will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning October 29, 2012. If you feel looseness in the steering, notice an abnormal noise from the front suspension, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Suspension & Steering, October 10, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
October 10, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
13,919
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V494000
Component
SUSPENSION

Summary
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Altima vehicles manufactured from May 10, 2012, through July 26, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification.
Consequence
The affected bolts could become loose and fall out which may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about October 29, 2012. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
Notes
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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