Loose bolts have forced the recall of nearly 14,000 Nissan Altimas from the 2012-13 model year, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The automaker’s best-selling vehicle, the second best-selling vehicle in America today, may be equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that are not securely torqued. According to the New York Daily News, workers in the Canton production plant noticed the mistake and immediately corrected the problem.
“The affected bolts could become loose and fall out which may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash,” reads the NHTSA report.
Nissan recently launched the new generation Altima, increasing both its performance and luxury with hopes of toppling the Toyota Camry as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Through September, sales of the new Altima were up 17 percent over September 2011, with over 234,000 sold since January. Our test drive review in June called the new car “the best driving Altima yet.”
The affected cars in question were produced between May and July of this year. Owners will be notified sometime next week, and local dealers will perform the necessary repairs. Nissan recommends that owners contact customer service at 1.800.647.7261 with any questions.