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2007 Nissan Altima NHTSA Investigations

NHTSA Altima Defect Investigations

The following investigations on the Nissan Altima have been announced by the ODI. Interested in how this information is collected? Read more about investigations by the NHTSA.

Recent 2007 Altima Investigations

  • ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE Defect Investigation for the 2007 Altima

    • Investigation #PE07026
    • Opened May 22 2007.
    • Status RECALL »

    Vehicle Component: Engine And Engine Cooling

    Summary: Nissan notified the Agency on June 18, 2007 that it will recall (recall # 07V267) all MY 2007 Altima vehicles with 2.5 liter engine built at the smyrna, Tennessee plant from September 25, 2006 to May 11, 2007 and at the canton, Mississippi plant from October 30, 2006 to May 11, 2007.Nissan determined that if a sufficiently hot object (for example, a cigarette ash or other ignition source) enters the air filter housing through the engine fresh air intake system and contacts the air filter, the flammability characteristics of the air filter material are such that the filter may ignite.if the air filter ignites, a fire may occur.vehicles built after these dates are equipped with a different air filter.Nissan will remove the original air filter and install a new unit with improved anti-flammability characteristics.ODI is aware of 26 reports of fire (of which three were reported directly to both ODI and Nissan) and no injuries.this investigation is closed.

    More Details: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE07026 »

    Status of Investigation: This investigation was closed on June 27 2007 and there was a recall ordered: #07V267000

  • Brake Master Cylinder Internal Leak Defect Investigation for the 2007 Altima

    • Investigation #PE11020
    • Opened May 23 2011.
    • Status Closed

    Vehicle Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Foundation Components:Master Cylinder

    Summary: The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened PE11-020 to investigate possible brake performance loss due to brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder into the brake booster in the subject vehicles.A total of 237 complaints were identified by ODI and Nissan.The majority of complaints and warranty claims reported that brake malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) illumination as the only symptom of a problem.Only 12 complaints alleged any effect on brake performance and in each of these the drivers were able to stop the vehicles without incident.No crash claims could be attributed to the alleged defect. Returned part analysis data provided by Nissan showed that most of the master cylinders replaced under warranty did not have a leak condition.These replacements may have resulted from brake MIL illumination due to pad wear.For most of the warranty claims, in a few cases where a master cylinder leak was found, Nissan's testing showed that the leaks were extremely slow and would require thousands of miles or months of driving before brake performance could be affected.After an extensive study of replaced master cylinders for a presumed leak, Nissan was unable to identify any concern with the parts or design of the subject components that could affect brake performance. Nevertheless, Nissan does recognize a concern with premature brake MIL illumination and has decided to address this problem by conducting a voluntary service campaign covering approximately 1.17 million model year 2007 through 2012 Altima vehicles (up to June 25, 2011 production, the date of Nissan's running change for the longer life brake pad).Nissan's owner letter for the service campaign states, "As your brake pads wear over time, the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir will drop and may cause the brake warning lamp to illuminate.-€¯Although this is a normal condition, there has been concern that the brake warning light illumination may be caused by a slow fluid leak over time."Nissan's service campaign will inspect the brake pads and test the master cylinder for leakage.If leakage is detected, Nissan will replace the master cylinder at no charge.If excessive pad wear is observed, customers will be notified and will be responsible for repairs.For more details concerning Nissan's service campaign, see the PE11-020 file on www.Safercar.gov. Based on the low failure rate for confirmed master cylinder leakage in the subject vehicles and the low probability that the condition would affect brake performance, this investigation is closed.

    More Details: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE11020 »

    Status of Investigation: This investigation was closed on March 14 2012 and no recall was issued.

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