Laguna Hills, CA – Aug. 16, 2019 – Nissan North America is launching a service campaign that involves close to 200,000 Altima midsize vehicles whose suspension systems may be compromised prematurely because of corrosion. Although this action does not yet rise to the standard of safety recall, it may eventually be an official Nissan Altima recall after the investigation is completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the meantime, Nissan is in the process of informing owners about this issue and urges those contacted to bring their automobile to an authorized dealership so the suspension component vulnerable to corrosion can be replaced. This repair will be free for those affected.
According to The Associated Press, Nissan plans to conduct a wide-ranging repair initiative that pertains to its Altima midsize vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years, nearly 200,000 of which may be installed with a suspension component that can come loose due to the damaging effects of corrosion.
Thanks to advancements in technology, automobiles are increasingly resistant to corrosion, but not completely, especially during winter when road salt latches into the undercarriage of passenger vehicles and trucks. When road crews spread this substance onto highways to improve traction, it can lead to rust formation by interacting with metal and moisture. According to AAA, rust repairs cost motorists more than $15 billion over the past five years, or what equates to $3 billion per year.
As the AP reported, the 200,000 Altimas involved are located in 22 states and the District of Columbia. These same states typically experience snow and ice in the winter months, so drivers of these sedans are more vulnerable to this issue.
While the NHTSA has yet to declare a recall on these automobiles, the agency is investigating over 2 million vehicles over this same problem. The government organization’s findings may lead to a Altima recall, but the automaker is confident it won’t come to that because “the subject control arm failure does not pose “an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,” the AP reported.
Timeline of Events
This issue first entered Nissan’s radar, as well as NHTSA’s, in 2018, when the company received dozens of complaints regarding cracks occurring in the control arm portion of Altima suspension systems. Although no injuries or crashes were ever reported, at least 139 complaints were filed as of Aug. 1, according to the AP.
Meanwhile, Nissan dealers continue to book appointments from customers to fix problems associated with recalls. Last September, the automaker recalled 1,600 Inifiniti vehicles because of faulty air bag modules. More recently, Nissan expanded a recall that began in 2008 after realizing the original problem that led to the recall was found in additional models that were not named at the time.
Nissan is in the midst of informing Altima owners about this problem, but believes that it only affects a small number. Nevertheless, the company reminds its customers to be watchful and to bring their car to a dealer if they experience any performance issues.
For more information on whether this problem will eventually result in an official Nissan Altima recall, stay up to date at MotorSafety.org.