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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles

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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

Feb 192008


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. Initially, the rear seat belts on both sides of the vehicle would not release on an intermittent basis. Currently, they do not work at all. The dealer has not yet been notified. The front driver and passenger side headlamps dim on their own; however, the instrument control panel show them as being activated. NHTSA campaign id number 073054000 (exterior lighting:headlights) was referenced. The contact received a ticket due to the headlamp failure. The current mileage was 96,791 and failure mileage was 95,000.

- Callahan, FL, USA

problem #1

May 022005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Contact stated: Rear driver's side seat belt retracted, and the buckle was not visible. Has not been to the dealer yet.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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