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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
6,114 miles

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2007 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #9

May 012008

Altima

  • 20,000 miles

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

This is a recurring problem. I have a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5S. As indicated by the safety light on the dashboard, the passenger side airbag in my vehicle will turn on and off repeatedly when I have a passenger sitting in the seat. This is despite knowing the passenger weighs far more (over 150 lbs) than the safety limits for which the airbag should be designed to turn off. The airbag indicator will light notifying us that the passenger airbag has turned off and will often remain lit for 20-30 minutes at a time, but the time will vary. But almost 60-70% of the time when I have a passenger in my vehicle for longer than 5 minutes, at some point in the trip the airbag will turn off for a significant amount of time. This has been brought to the dealer for inspection and I have notified Nissan corporate, neither of which has resulted in anything beyond a cursory inspection which resulted in no action being done. This has been on-going for some time now. The "incident date" reported below is when I first began to notice the issue. But again, this is an on-going issue. Research online shows that on various forums, I'm not the only one to experience this problem. And again, this happens often enough that I think it more than accounts for simple "sitting awkwardly" or in a weird position.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 012009

Altima

  • miles
My 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 S has had a ongoing problem for more then a year now. The problem is when a passenger is in the passenger seat, the light stating air bag is off comes on. The individuals in the seat are over 100 pounds in weight. Nissan has told me the problem is with the way we are sitting and that the airbag "should" work. Should is not a option. The car has been in many times to no avail, including a "expert" from Nissan to fix the problem. Car is going back for the documented 6th time on this concern.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 022007

Altima

  • miles
Passenger air bag light is not active while passenger is in seat. This problem happens intermittently. My wife and I are both about 160lbs and when we sit in passenger seat the "not active" airbag light comes on the vehicle. I contacted Nissan about it and they said there was no issue. I took it to the dealer and they could not reproduce. I submitted an issue on Nissan website and have not heard anything. If I get in an accident and the airbag does not deploy there could be serious injury or death to the passenger. Now there is a recall on the product but dealership is telling me my car is not listed and I have to pay to get it looked at when I'm still under factory warranty. There is no specific incident date since it occurs so randomly.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

May 012007

Altima

  • miles

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

Our vehicle has had problems for almost two years with the passenger airbag light staying on during travel. We have made numerous visits to the dealer, and unless they can replicate it, they cannot fix the problem. We have even made a complaint with Nissan. No one seems to know if the airbag is defective or if there is an electrical problem. We are tired of trying to get this resolved through Nissan and the dealer. We do not want to have an accident to see if the airbag works properly.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 172008

Altima

  • 27,260 miles
On the dashboard there is a passenger airbag status indicator. The light comes on when I have a full grown adult. According to the manual the light should not come on when there is an adult in the seat. I asked the dealer about this and the sensor shouldn't trip unless there is someone that weighs less then 100 lbs. My passenger is close to 200 lbs, but the sensor still indicates the passenger airbag system is off. This happens multiple times over the course of the last month. I have made an appointment to have it serviced.

- Penacook, NH, USA

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problem #4

Jan 072008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exited interstate highway, traveled up ramp, was unable to lift left foot to brake (possibly caught under parking brake pedal, which is close to the brake), traveled through intersection and hit guard rail, causing $8,800 damage to my 7-mo.-old leased 2007 Nissan Altima. The whole front end crumbled. Because I was not wearing a seat belt, I was thrown into the windshield, hitting and smashing the rear view mirror and cracking the windshield. Injuries sustained were not serious, but there would have been no injuries at all if the air bags had deployed. None of them did. I am now very concerned about the safety of myself and any passengers I might have in my car. The dealers service center said that the impact was too high up on the front end to trigger the sensors. If my vehicle had slid under the rear of a truck, I would have been killed in spite of being surrounded with air bags.

- N Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 252007

Altima

  • miles

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

My daughter was just recently killed on 10/25/2007 due to the airbag not deploying on her brand new 2007 Nissan Altima. She was hit on the highway, hit the median hard and lost bumper and then T-boned in the opposite lanes. Her airbags never deployed and she died from a broken neck!!!!

- Bethalto, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 022008

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,420 miles
Purchased a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5S. 1. first problem started when I heard a loud rattling noise when I start the car (this was 2 months after I bought the car). Increase RPM to 1.5 RPM to get a louder, crisper noise. Took it to the dealer and was told that the heat shield was cracked and needed to be replaced. Took 2 weeks for the dealer to fix the problem. Noise went away. 2. noise came back again 2 weeks later after it was fixed. Brought it to a different dealership to have it checked out to get different opinion. Finds out the heat shield was installed incorrectly. Resolved, and later told me that there was many complaints about this noise. 3. had a 110lb passenger on the front passenger seat and the air bag off light turned on. Have yet to go to the dealer to see why this is happening. 4. after all this, I start the car on December 10th, 2008 and did not warm up car. When starting to accelerate car on street, clicking noises started to emerge. Was wondering if there was a problem with the clutch motor or the belt. Noise starts disappearing when the car is warmed up (after 8 minutes) decided to test it out by warming up the car first later in the day after it had cooled down, and then driving it, clicking sound emerged again. Bought it to the dealership, and told them to make sure to check noise when the car is cold (giver or take 3 hours), they did not listen and checked it when warm, when there is no clicking occurs. Deemed fine. 5. brake squeals once in a while when used. Have yet to check this one out to the dealership. 6. on a morning of Jan. 2, 2008, I have started the car only to notice that the air mode has switched from defrost/foot air mode to foot mode. I thought the air control unit was supposed to memorize the last time I had the mode on but once every often, it switches back to the foot air mode plus turning on the A/C every time the car starts. Computer problem maybe? have yet to go to the dealership for this.

- Gillette, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 222007

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 350 miles
Purchased 2007 Nissan Altima and passenger airbag system stopped functioning approx 350 miles on odometer. Have been waiting for 3 weeks plus to get repaired and not getting much resonse from Nissan.

- Sodus, NY, USA

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