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.

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CarComplaints.com 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!

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,157 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #19

May 152016

Altima

  • 111,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, but the contact rear ended another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, upper back, and right foot. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 111,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #18

Apr 042016

Altima

  • 98,000 miles
Both air bag sensor keeps blinking.

- N. Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 202015

Altima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the front passenger seat occupant sensor failed to detect when there was a passenger occupying the seat and the air bag indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer advised that the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 292008

Altima

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving home at night the vehicle hit an obstruction in the road. The air bags impact shattered the elbow of the driver. The air bag also damaged the drivers nose. The driver underwent surgery and had metal plates and 75 screws inserted into her arm to create a new elbow. After surgery the driver had to attend physical therapy for 6 months to learn how to use the new elbow. The driver is also now undergoing a new surgery to have a deviated septum repaired caused by injury of the air bag.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #15

Apr 212015

Altima

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the check engine and air bag warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the mount brackets for the engine fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

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problem #14

Feb 042015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I was coming off 295 and hit a patch of black ice lost control of my car and hit a guardrail. The air bags never went off and everyone at the scene was trying to figure how or why they did not go off. My car is totaled.. updated 02/19/15 updated 3/30/2016

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #13

Nov 052014

Altima

  • 116,974 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 20 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into a building. The front driver and passenger side air bags deployed. The contact sustained injuries to the right arm due to the air bags that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed and was towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,974.

- Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #12

Oct 172014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure occurred once. The dealer diagnosed that the air bag wiring harness and the air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000. The dealer recommended replacing the spiral cable. Updated 02/24/15 updated 05/06/15.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #11

Nov 032014

Altima

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, another vehicle crashed head-on into the contact's vehicle causing the air bags to deploy. As a result of the pressure from the air bags, the contact sustained burns to both arms which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed and was deemed destroyed. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 302014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Driver lost control of the vehicle and went into ongoing traffic and was T-boned by another vehicle. Both vehicles were going 45 miles per hour. No air bags deployed. The front airbags, nor the side airbags deployed. The passenger door came all the way over to the gear shift.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #9

Nov 012011

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2006 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle faulty air bag system. The consumer stated the air bag light illuminated. Nissan informed the consumer it would cost $1900, to replace the air bag.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #8

Nov 062013

Altima

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag sensor light was illuminated and flashing. The vehicle was diagnosed and the contact was informed that the seat needed to be replaced in order to remedy the defect. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number 08V521000(air bags, electrical system) and indicated that the vehicle experienced the same defect described in the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect and advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 37,000. The VIN was not available.

- Ownings Mills , MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 102013

Altima

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, a vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the contact's vehicle. The second vehicle was also traveling 65 mph. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained spinal injuries and a child passenger that was secured in a booster seat sustained injuries to the left leg. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 74,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 122013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Someone pulled out in front of me turning left across the highway where I was traveling at about 40mph. I hit the brakes hard, but still hit her in the side and my airbags did not deploy. The collision shop has estimated it will be totaled, the bumper and fenders and hood all need replaced in addition to several engine/motor parts. The police said an impact causing that much damage should have caused the airbags to deploy. Fortunately, my seat belt held and my head did not hit the steering wheel. The belt left a good-sized burn on my neck, and bruised my chest and right hip. I would like to know why the airbags did not deploy.

- Piney Flats, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 242011

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving South bound when a card slammed into my passenger side door. My car was then pushed over three lanes into the corner wall, electric box, and 2 foot high rock. My airbags did not deploy and I hit my head on the dash board.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #4

Oct 272010

Altima

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving 65 mph she crashed into another vehicle which was included in a 4 car pile-up. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy on the drivers side nor the passenger side. The contact and a passenger received abrasions to the chest and was transported to the hospital via ambulance. A police report was filed. The vehicle was considered a total loss after the crash occurred. The failure mileage was approximately 59,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- National City, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 272010

Altima

  • miles
I was in an accident on the freeway, and the airbags failed, they did not deploy. Was told by the fire dept, and the highway patrol they should have deployed. There was major front damage.

- National City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 032010

Altima

  • 105,000 miles
The passenger air bag warning light keeps flashing indicating the air bag may not be working right. I took my car to the dealership and paid $115 to have a diagnostic test done to find out the problem. Dealership said the sensor in the passenger seat is bad and needs to be replaced. Dealership noted on my receipt (recommended service: Passenger side occupant sensor $1,617.26 otd). I declined to replace sensor due to the outrageous cost for a failed safety feature in a vehicle that is only 4 years old.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 032009

Altima

  • 56,000 miles
Purchased in Nov 06, Nissan Altima 2006 special edition. Supplemental air bag warning light came on 6/3/09 and has been flashing ever since. Have made an app at the Nissan dealer to see if that's covered under warranty.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

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