Nissan Motor Co has recalled 13,919 of its top-selling Altima sedans in the United States because bolts that may not have been tightened properly during production could fall off, increasing the risk of a crash. The Altima sedans are from the from the 2012 and 2013 model years and were made at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., from May 10 to July 26th.
Nissan says that, “Some of the subject vehicles may have been manufactured with four transverse link bolts and two power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to the proper specification.” As a result, the bolts may shake loose during driving, and drivers may notice rattling noise. There has been no report of any injuries or crashes as a result of this issue. Altima owners are being asked to bring their cars into Nissan dealerships, where the bolts will be torqued to the proper specification. The cars are under warranty protection. “Based on engineering judgment, it was determined that if a loose bolt falls out completely, the driver may experience difficulty in controlling the direction of the vehicle,” Nissan told NHTSA.
Nissan said that on July 26, the last day the vehicles involved in the recall were produced with the potential problem at the Canton plant, workers noticed the issue during a routine test. On September 21, Nissan confirmed that some of the subject vehicles were at its dealers. On October 3, it decided a safety defect existed and a recall should be conducted.
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