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Recall List for the 2003 Nissan Altima

Official recall notices have been issued for the 2003 Nissan Altima by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions. It's important to note that most recalls won't cost you anything to get fixed, so if your car is affected you should call an authorized Nissan service shop immediately!

  1. 2003 Nissan Altima EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #09E012000

    • Date Announced: APRIL 07, 2009
    • Vehicles Affected: 16,270

    Summary: Sabersport is recalling 16,270 combination corner and bumper lamp assemblies of various part numbers sold for use as aftermarket equipment for various passenger vehicles. These headlamps fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." These lamps do not contain the required amber side reflectors.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Sabersport will notify owners and offer a full refund for the noncompliant combination lamps. The safety recall began on May 11, 2009. Owners may contact sabersport at 1-909-598-7589. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #09E012000 »

  2. 2003 Nissan Altima EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS NHTSA Campaign #07E074000

    • Date Announced: SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
    • Vehicles Affected: 11,300

    Summary: Certain Eagle eyes headlamp assemblies, P/nos. DS517-B001L and DS517-B001R, sold for use as replacement equipment for the above listed passenger vehicles. The opticel surface of the reflector is corroded inhibiting the performance of the upper and lower beams which fails to conform to the photometric requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Eagle eyes will notify owners and offer reimbursement for any noncompliant headlights. The recall began on December 11, 2007. Owners may contact Eagle eyes at 1-800-568-1098. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07E074000 »

  3. 2003 Nissan Altima EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS NHTSA Campaign #07E063000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 21, 2007
    • Vehicles Affected: 130

    Summary: Certain anzo aftermarket headlights, P/N 02-AZ-NA02-B-a, sold for use on 2002-2004 Nissan Altima vehicles. During production the lamp housing shape deformed distorting the assembly angle of the reflector and influenced the aiming position. These headlamps fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Anzo will notify owners and offer a full refund for the noncompliant lamps. The recall began on September 10, 2007. Owners can contact anzo at 909-628-1440. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07E063000 »

  4. 2003 Nissan Altima EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS NHTSA Campaign #07E054000

    • Date Announced: JULY 25, 2007
    • Vehicles Affected: 9,145

    Summary: Certain maxzone headlight assemblies, depo brand, P/nos. 315-1145L-as and 315-1145R-as, sold for use as aftermarket equipment for the above listed passenger vehicles. During production the lamp reflector shape deformed changing the shape of the optic surface. This will change the opposite position of low beam and high beam opticsand change the angle of incidence and illumated location which fails to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Maxzone will notify owners and offer reimbursement for any noncompliant headlights. The recall began on July 16, 2007. Owners may contact maxzone at 909-822-3288. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07E054000 »

  5. 2003 Nissan Altima EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #06E064000

    • Date Announced: JULY 17, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 4,029

    Summary: Certain tradesonic combination lamps sold as replacement lamps for use on the above listed passenger vehicles. Combination lamps not equipped with amber side reflectors fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.

    Consequence: Lack of amber side reflectors in the lamps will decrease lighting visibility to other drivers and may possibly result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Tradesonic will notify owners and replace the lamps free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during July 2006. Owners may contact tradesonic at 626-934-8884. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E064000 »

  6. 2003 Nissan Altima ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING NHTSA Campaign #06V242000

    • Date Announced: JULY 07, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 294,166

    Summary: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine, the crank angle sensor is affected by temperature variations. Under certain driving conditions, these variations in temperature can be large enough to cause a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor.

    Consequence: If the interruption in the signal from the sensor is so brief that the electronic control module (ECM) logic does not have time to diagnose the condition, the engine may stop running without warning while the vehicle is driven at a low speed increasing the risk of a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will reprogram the ECM free of charge. The recall began on August 21, 2006. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06V242000 »

  7. 2003 Nissan Altima EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS NHTSA Campaign #06E023000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 13, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 292,000

    Summary: Certain anzo combination headlamp assemblies sold as replacement lamps for use on certain passenger vehicles. Some combination lamps are not equipped with amber side reflectors which fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

    Consequence: Without the amber reflectors, the vehicle will be poorly illuminated, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Anzo will notify owners and replace the headlamps free of charge. The recall began May 9, 2006. Owners may contact anzo usa at 909-468-3688. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E023000 »

  8. 2003 Nissan Altima ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING NHTSA Campaign #03V455000

    • Date Announced: NOVEMBER 17, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 630,000

    Summary: On certain passenger vehicles, the circuit board for the crank position sensor or cam position sensor may have an improper solder joint due to solder deformation caused by heat stress accelerated by the existence of flux residue during the soldering process.

    Consequence: This could cause the "service engine soon" warning light to come on, create a no start condition, cause reduced engine power, or cause the engine to stop running without warning during vehicle operation, which could result in a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the crank position sensors. Camshaft position sensor(s), and in some cases, the variable timing control sensor(s). Vehicles involved in a previous recall campaign, 01V357, are also included in this new campaign. The replacement sensors used in that campaign are also affected. Owner notification began on December 22, 2003. Owners should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 or infiniti at 1-800-662-6200. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V455000 »

  9. 2003 Nissan Altima FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY NHTSA Campaign #03V251000

    • Date Announced: JULY 14, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 377,000

    Summary: On certain passenger vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. At extremely cold temperatures, moisture in the fuel tank could freeze and form ice crystals. These ice crystals may obstruct the suction opening of the fuel pump.

    Consequence: This can prevent the supply of fuel to the engine and cause the engine to stop, which could result in a crash without warning.

    Actions: Dealers will install a screen at the suction opening of the fuel pump to prevent ice crystals from blocking the opening. Owner notification began on August 18, 2003. Owners should contact Nissan at 1-800-333-0829. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V251000 »

  10. 2003 Nissan Altima ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE NHTSA Campaign #03V084000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 11, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 338,000

    Summary: On certain vehicles equipped with the 2.5 liter engine, the exhaust pipe hanger pin may catch debris from the road that could be ignited by contact with the main catalyst. Also on 2002 Altima and Sentra vehicles, certain engine operating conditions may cause the pre-catalyst to overheat and damage the catalyst substrate.

    Consequence: Either of these two conditions could result in a fire.

    Actions: 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. Owner notification began on July 28, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Nissan recall nos. R3007, R3014, R3015, R3016, R3017. 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 which could result in a fire. The pre-catalyst will be tested to ensure it is working properly and replaced if necessary. If damage is found inside the pre-catalyst, it will be necessary to replace the engine. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V084000 »

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