Franklin, TN – March 24, 2021 – Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY) is recalling 126,809 cars and trucks to find seven faulty tires that could rupture or break apart. The recall includes the following pickup trucks and light vehicles:
- 2019 Nissan Altima
- 2020 Nissan Altima
- 2021 Nissan Altima
- 2018 Nissan Titan
- 2019 Nissan Titan
- 2020 Nissan Titan
- 2021 Nissan Titan
The affected component is Continental tire with multiple part numbers, including 40312 EZ41D and 40312 EZ40C.
The seven tires, which are part of an ongoing series of recalls of Continental brand tires, were “cured” for too long during manufacturing.
The curing process is what makes the tires hold their shape when on the road. However, when the process runs for longer than necessary, it makes them more susceptible to breaks or ruptures. As a result, the tires can go flat. Additionally, the tread —the part which touches the road— could separate from the rest of the tire, resulting in the so-called belt separation.
One of the warning signs, as reported in our recent article about a similar Mercedes-Benz recall, is a bulge in the tread area.
If you notice a bulge, do NOT drive on it. Call a tow truck or use your spare tire to drive to your mechanic to have the tire replaced.
Flat tires and belt separation can cause drivers to lose control and crash, particularly if they happen at high speeds.
What to do if your tires blow out
If your tires blow out while driving, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the following:
- Stay calm and do your best to keep the vehicle balanced.
- Do not slam on the brakes or suddenly take your foot off the accelerator. Both of these could cause you to lose control of the car.
- Slowly ease off of the gas.
- Gently “correct the steering” to regain control of the car.
- Once the car is stable, continue to slow down until find a safe place to pull over and call for help.
Dealers will inspect recalled vehicles’ tires to see if identifying numbers on the side match one of the seven defective tires. If they find one, they will replace it with a new tire. Inspections and replacements will be free and the spare tires should be “readily available.”
Nissan will notify owners about the recall on April 28.
Recent Nissan Altima and Continental tire recalls
2013-2018 Nissan Altimas were recalled in May of last year for an ongoing hood latch problem that has been the subject of three other recalls. According to Nissan, the issue has led to 16 “minor” crashes or injuries.
As for Continental tires, this is the fourth recall over the last couple of months. Earlier this month, General Motors recalled 33,000 vehicles due to this “overcuring” issue.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Nearly 127,000 vehicles are included in this Nissan recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.