Nissan is recalling 13,919 2013 Altimas that were manufactured from May 10 through July 26, 2012 because of incorrectly torqued bolts.
“Based on engineering judgment, it was determined that if a loose bolt falls out completely, the driver may experience difficulty in controlling the direction of the vehicle,” Nissan said in a letter to NHTSA.
The bolts in question are transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts. If these manage to shake loose, the car will have compromised steering, greatly increasing the risk of a crash. No injuries or collisions have been reported yet as a result of this issue.
Nissan dealers already received detailed instructions on how to fix the issue, which will be carried out free of charge to the consumer.
The recall is expected to begin immediately. For more info, contact Nissan Customer Service at (800) 647-7261.