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Nissan recalls 20,000 new Altima sedans for suspension risks

Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced that 20,000 Altima sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years are being recalled over a concern of an incorrectly tightened bolt in the front suspension – a problem that could lead to loss of control for the driver.

This new Nissan recall affects a small group of 2011 and 2012 Altima sedans; specifically those built between April 25th and June 10th of this year at the automaker’s Canton, Mississippi production facility. On these vehicles, the transverse link bolt may not have tightened to the proper torque specifications and over time, the vibration and stress applied to this bolt could cause it to work loose. In the recall bulletin, it states that this bolt working loose could cause some annoying rattling noises but in the worst case scenario; having a transverse link bolt fall completely out of position will cause a separation in the front end suspension that could make the car far more difficult to control. Obviously, having the front suspension come apart while driving can increase the chances of an accident so Nissan is getting these 20,000 Altima sedans back into dealerships for repairs.

This recall was officially set to begin today so owners of the affected 2011 and 2011 Nissan Altima sedans built in the aforementioned time period can expect to be formally notified of the problem. Owners will be asked to return to their friendly neighborhood Nissan dealerships where a technician will replace the transverse link nuts and bolts – making sure to tighten them to the proper specifications with the hopes of preventing any of them from working loose over time. All of the needed work will be done free of charge to the customers.

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