Nissan is recalling 13,919 model year 2012 and 2013 Altima midsize sedans to fix potentially loose power steering rack bolts that could become disconnected while driving.
Affected vehicles, manufactured from May 10, 2012, to July 26, 2012, may have had transverse link bolts in their steering racks that were not tightened to their recommended specifications. That could lead to a loss of control while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. Therefore, Nissan is recalling the relatively small batch of 2012 and 2013 Altimas to amend the problem.
We say relatively small because Nissan sold nearly 270,000 Altimas last year and looks to blow away its previous year’s record in 2012. While the 2012 and 2013 Nissan Altima sedans differ significantly from one another, they do share some components, such as the bolts that keep the steering rack connected to the front axle. A similar recall prompted the Nissan to fix certain 2011 and 2012 Altima sedans in summer 2011.
Nissan will begin notifying affected vehicle owners on October 29, at which time they will be able to take their cars in to have the bolts tightened to specification free of charge. Owners with further questions regarding the recall can contact Nissan Customer Service at (800) 647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safe Car Hotline at (888) 327-4236, referencing campaign number 12V494000.