Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Here's a disturbing trend for the 2002 Nissan Altima: the engine starts burning oil like crazy, the catalytic converter goes bad, the head gasket blows and eventually the entire engine needs replacement. Sound familiar? Like a script from a horror film, these Altimas seem doomed to fail around 95k miles.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


2002 Nissan Altima. The side air bags went off while the consumer was driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and they stated it happened because the sensor failed. The air bag light was on before this. The consumer was not injured when this occurred. She was nine months pregnant, and her 2 year old daughter was in the back seat and was not hurt. Also, the passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

- Adisson, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 102002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In a side collision none of the air bags deployed on impact, causing minor injuries..

- Hamilton, OH, USA

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