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: The 2006 Nissan Altima has a trend of engine problems, both in our data & definitely in the NHTSA's complaint data as well.

Excessive oil consumption is the main problem reported by owners. Nissan did a recall back in 2006 for oil consumption due to bad piston rings, but many owners report to us that the recall didn't fix the problem.

The dealer only had to check the oil consumption rate. Typically 1 qt per 1,000 miles is "acceptable" per OEM standards ... that's a lot of oil!


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 062007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Driving down the interstate at 70mph, the passenger air bag on/off light keeps indicating that the airbag is off, while a adult passenger of sufficient weight is sitting up right, with feet flat on the floor and back against the back of the seat is in the chair. They have replaced the seat bottom once before and that did not correct the problem. There is no straight answer to how much a person has to weigh, but all three of the answers have been under the weight of the occupant. Nissan now says to get into another 2006 Altima, but there is none available at the Nissan dealership which the car is at right now. Cannot drive car for fear that the air bag will not deploy if in a frontal accident.

- Mount Olive, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 212006

Altima 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
I purchase 2006 Nissan Altima from eastern Carolina Nissan in May 2006. I have been hearing a rattling noise 1 week after purchase. I notified Nissan and they stated that is was spark knocking but when I contacted them to inquire on service report, not noted. The airbag light on/off during driving. The doors lock when keys are in and car is started/off.

- New Bern, NC, USA

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