The latest Nissan recall is the second one in recent memory, this time affecting the acclaimed 2013 Nissan Altima. In all, over 123,000 vehicles will be a part of the recall, in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The issue was traced back to the production assembly that has since been addressed and resolved, the spare tires that came standard in the Altimas were either under-inflated or overinflated. The recommended PSI in the spare tire differs from the standard tires on the vehicle, due to the size and weight, among other factors. In the cases where the spare tire was overinflated, the increased amount of air may compromise the structural integrity, which if equipped on the vehicle, may fail and increase the probability of the vehicle being involved in an accident.
The problem was discovered (presumably during a routine pre-delivery inspection) by a dealer, and reported back to Nissan. They were able to determine that the over/under-inflated tires were the result of a malfunctioning air pressure regulator at the Altima assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.
Thus far, Nissan has not reported any instances of accidents and/or injuries.
If the spare tires in the vehicles involved in the latest Nissan recall are found to be under-inflated, then the technicians will adjust the air pressure accordingly. Moreover, if the tires are found to be overinflated, then they will be replaced at no charge to the customer…the same applies to adjusting the air pressure.
The recall is set to being on May 3rd. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local Nissan dealer.