April 29, 2003
Nissan Has Recalled the 2002-2003 Altima and the 2002 Sentra
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the
Models: Nissan Altima Year: 2002-2003
Nissan Sentra Year: 2002
Number Potentially Involved: 268,000
Dates of Manufacture: August 2001 – February 2003
Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter engines, the
exhaust pipe hanger pin may catch debris from the road that could be ignited
by contact with the main catalyst.
Remedy: Dealers will remove the protruding portion of the exhaust pipe
hanger pin. In addition to the corrective action, in order to reduce the
risk of fire in the event of poor or improper maintenance that could result
in oil spillage, heat shield(s) will be installed on the pre-catalyst and
exhaust tube. Also on 2002 Altima and Sentra vehicles, certain engine
operating conditions may cause the pre-catalyst to overheat and damage the
catalyst substrate. If substrate particles enter the combustion chamber,
they could score the cylinder walls, resulting in increased oil consumption.
If the engine oil level is not checked on a periodic basis and drops below
the low level, and the driver continues to operate the vehicle ignoring
noticeable engine noise, engine damage may occur that could result in a
fire. Nissan is developing a remedy for the pre-catalyst problem. The
manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin
during May 2003. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
[NHTSA Recall No. 03V084].
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
How many did you hear
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