2013 Nissan Altima Recalled for Spare Tire Problem


  • 2013 Nissan Altima Picture

    2013 Nissan Altima Picture

    Nissan North America is recalling 123,308 2013 Nissan Altimas because the spare tires may have been significantly over- or under-inflated. | April 29, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Nissan North America is recalling 123,308 2013 Nissan Altimas because the spare tires may have been significantly over- or under-inflated.
  • In rare instances, the over-inflation could "compromise the structural integrity of the tire, unless it is adjusted," Nissan told federal safety regulators.
  • The recall is expected to begin on May 3.

WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 123,308 2013 Nissan Altimas because the spare tires may have been significantly over- or under-inflated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Tires that are significantly over- or under-inflated may fail without warning, increasing the risk of a crash" said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

"In rare instances, the over-inflation could "compromise the structural integrity of the tire, unless it is adjusted," Nissan told federal safety regulators.

The company said the problem was due to a production issue at its Canton, Mississippi plant that has since been corrected. No other Nissan or Infiniti models are affected because the manual assembly operation was unique to the model, Nissan said. The affected vehicles were built from March 21, 2012 through March 26, 2013.

Nissan became aware of the problem on March 8, when it received a report from a dealer of a spare tire rapid deflation while stored in the trunk.

Nissan dealers will adjust the spare tire pressure, as necessary. The recall is expected to begin May 3. Owners can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Edmunds says: The 2013 Nissan Altima recall begins on Friday and is a relatively quick fix.

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