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Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 1
Average Mileage:
58,002 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Sep 132012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


The passenger side air bag is not deactivated when my laptop or other packges are resting in the seat. The light does not come on to deactivate the air bags.

- Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #38

Jun 202014


  • miles
My 2008 Nissan Altima dashboard is very sticky and melting. I called Nissan and make my first complaint 2 months too late was told. Since then the melting and stickiness on the complete top of the dash board is getting worse. Inside the car now it"S also smelling like melted tar, which may represent a health issue when breathing it, and with it the intense glare, reflection of the glossy tar on the front window it's a severe safety hazard when driving, especially when this also could result in airbags being suppressed which could fail to provide adequate protection in the event of an accident. Nissan refuses to help replace this defective dash board. Last week I called Nissan again. This time because the A/C"S evaporator needs to be replaced.I understand the cost of this would be my responsibility to pay, but because this is under the defective dash board, this one would have to be removed in order to replace the evaporator. Once removed, the melted dash board, no guarantee could be installed again, I was told by service rep at Nissan. A Nissan supervisor told me the same as others and suggested for me to call NHTSA and file a complaint, so they would work on a recall for this. My A/C needs to be fixed. I'm in fl where weather conditions and rainy season it's next to impossible to drive with windows down. I'm aware that A/C repair is my responsibility but I believe it's unfair to have to pay an additional 2,000 because of Nissan's defective material used on dashboards. This is a known concern since others have had the same issue. If Nissan doesn't do right by its consumers and or a recall is issue, there would be many consumers in the future with risks of accidents and/or possible respiratory health issues. A simple search on your page you find many other consumers with same problem. Nissan makes it sound like these are isolated issues.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #37

Apr 152014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
The passenger side vehicle airbag light went to the off position and the air bag light on the dashboard began to flash. The dealer stated the seat cushion on the passenger seat needed to be replaced. When I contacted Nissan they stated there was never a recall in my specific VIN; though there was a recall for the exact same problem for my model and year vehicle in 2008. They stated they would pay 40% of the cost to replace seat cushion; which would run upwards of $800. I asked if it as just a coincidence that the airbag is now inoperable and they stated yes it was. The NHTSA recall campaign was 08V521000. The recall specifies that the passenger seat cushion may have been manufactured out of specification. Thank you for your time...

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #36

Mar 292014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


There was a public announcement of a recall in March, 2014 related to the reliability of gauges on the passenger side of the front seat, that tell the person, as well as the mechanical system, that the passenger front seat airbag is "now engaged" and ready to activate in the event of an accident/emergency.. following the announcement I took my 2008 Altima to the dealer to ensure I was part of the recall. The dealer is at 3275 sw 8th street, ,miami, , Florida. And is called autonation Nissan. The service agent total me, after cursory research in his data base, that while many, many Nissan were recalled in my model year and in my car group, mine was not included. The selection process for inclusion went by supplier, and not just by type of car and model year. To ascertain if my car had a faulty air bag on the passenger side of the front seat, I would therefore have to pay a $150 upfront diagnostic fee, and, if damage was noted, I would need to pay for repairs myself, as my car did not have the affected parts which were provided by only select suppliers. There is a problem. I have noted for some time that when a passenger is seated in the front, right side, seat, a beacon light in a small square box on the dash board flashes on and clearly states: "pass. Off - air bag (X) psg.. 2" the reference from the light leaves one with the impression the air bag, for the passenger is not activated. During a drive, no set time period noted, the light will go off for a while, and later, come back on again. I am convinced that at some certain points the system is trying to tell me it is not activated.. of all the cars involved in the Nissan recall, how could it possibly be that mine is excluded"?" please, please try to get this corrected.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #35

Jul 152013


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the rear driver's side tire blew out, which caused the contact to lose control and crash into bales of hay. The air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic who did not diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Holtville, CA, USA

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problem #34

Apr 302014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I purchased a factory certified 2008 Altima coupe with slightly over 30,000 miles in October 2012 and at about 40,000 miles the passenger air bag light starting coming on with no passenger, then went to the red air bag light on the dash. The air bag controller was replaced at 42,000 miles and failed again at 50,000 miles. It has been covered by the warranty both times but concerns me that I have driven many of the miles on this car without air bags working.

- Fisher, MN, USA

problem #33

Jan 172014


  • miles


The passenger airbag light on the center council lights up (signaling that it's off) randomly. This has even happened multiple times with an adult male sitting in the seat (approximately 180 lbs.).

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #32

Mar 282014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
The occupant sensor in the passenger seat doesn't correctly sense or classify a passenger (more than 120 lbs) when they are in the seat. This results in the air bag being incorrectly deactivated (similar to recent NHTSA campaign number 14V138000). The vehicle was previously given to the dealer to fix under NHTSA campaign number 08V521000. This still occurs and adjusting her position or the seat position doesn't eliminate the issue so passengers would not have air bag protection in the event of a frontal impact.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #31

Jan 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My Altima coupe has a melting dashboard that causes visibility issues by glaring into my windscreen. It is melted and bubbly. Also my passenger seat belt light cuts on and off due to my passenger seat bracket being faulty. I have not heard back from Nissan on a way to resolve these safety issues.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #30

Feb 042014


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the passenger's side air bag mat sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 58,500.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #29

May 272013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Dashboard is melting and turned sticky. No longer has a matte finish and now has a high gloss finish that produces a glare through the windshield. Reflection on windshield looks like a heads up display. The area is from the drivers side to the passenger side and including the passenger side airbag area. Unknown if the airbag would deploy properly through the decomposing material used to manufacture the dashboard. Internet search of the issue shows many others have experienced this exact issue with the 2008 and early 2009 model coupe. Almost all have been reported in hot southern climates of Florida, Texas and California. No cleaning products were ever used on the dashboard and the decomposition appears to be a result of high temperatures inside the cabin produced when parked outside in direct sunlight.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 192013


  • 111,000 miles
The passenger side air bag light stays on even when there is a passenger in the seat. ( the indicator light on the dash.) the light on the instrument panel continues to flash also.

- Walters, OK, USA

problem #27

Dec 282012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 55,744 miles
Traveling on the highway and air bag light comes on while passenger is in the seat. This means the air bag has turned off. The light goes on and off seemingly at random. Passenger was 140 lb woman 5' 7" tall. So, air bag should be functioning the entire time this passenger is in the seat. The Nissan dealer tested the air bag and said it was working properly. So, why is the light coming on to turn off the air bag" this needs to be addressed. Is the light sensor not working properly or is the air bag sensor not functioning properly" I have talked to Nissan corporate about the problem and the first thing that was said was that the seat belt is the first line of safety in a crash. They also said I would need to take the vehicle in again so they could have a diagnosis that was less than 30 days old. So, taking it to the dealership at least twice within 5 years isn't enough for them to review this situation - a safety situation.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #26

Jul 172009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 18,031 miles
Safety passenger air bag light came on as I was a passenger in the vehicle. I am 5' 7" tall and around 140 lbs. Therefore, the air bag should be functioning while I am in the passenger seat. We took the vehicle to Nissan dealership and they said there was nothing wrong with the air bag system. However, the light continues to come on erratically even to this day in 2013. We had Nissan test it again in December 2012 and they gave us the same excuse. The sensor is supposedly working. Why does the air bag light continue to come on with passengers in the seat (the light on means that the air bag has been turned off due to low weight of person, etc.)" are we or are we not being protected by the air bag in the event of a crash"

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #25

Nov 282012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The passenger airbag light displaying off...stayed off when anyone heavier than 50lbs sat in it..I did some research on the internet and found that there was a recall involving this situation for my model..2008 Nissan Altima..I took it to woodbury Nissan and was told that my vehicle was not affected and for approximately 1000 dollars they would fix it"!!! this was totally an unsatisfactory answer and I contacted the northeast regional service department for them to tell me the same thing?!!! I recently went on this sight to find that the recall is exactly what the issue is" please help me to get this situation rectified as it seems that Nissan does not want to take responsibility for the product that they make or products installed in theyre vehicles...thank you very much [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #24

Feb 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
The passenger airbag not on" light has been intermittently flashing. It now remains lit (passenger airbag off) when the seat is unoccupied and when a full grown adult or child sits in the passenger seat. I called Nissan and gave them all my information and they informed me that my car was not included in the recall of campaign 08V521000, even though the conditions for repair fit the description. I want Nissan to repair this malfunction so that no one his hurt in my car.

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #23

Nov 082012


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that sensor in the seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 142012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 76,465 miles
The "passenger airbag not on" light has been intermittently flashing. It now remains lit (passenger airbag off) when the seat is unoccupied and when a full grown adult sits in the passenger seat. In November of 2012, the airbag light began to flash on the dashboard panel. I took my car into a Nissan dealership for repair after reading about campaign 08V521000. After diagnostics were ran by the technician, it was found that the SRS system was off, the occupant sensory unit failed (dtc code B1018), and a new seat cushion assembly is needed to repair the malfunction. Nissan was contacted about the malfunction and denied covering the repair under the recall since my VIN didn't fall under the recall, even though the conditions for repair fit the description. The vehicle was not repaired. I want Nissan to repair this malfunction so that I, and my passengers, can feel safe in my car.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #21

Dec 032012


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated the air bag module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 112,000 and the current mileage was 112,900.

- Spring Valley , CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 042009

Altima 4-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
The passenger seat does not always detect an adult sitting in the seat. The "passenger airbag not on" light comes on, sometimes flickers on and off and on again, when an adult is sitting in that seat. The symptoms appear to be identical to campaign 08V521000, but Nissan says my VIN is not effected. The airbag has not deployed, so I have no way to know if it will work or not, but since there is a partial recall underway for this very thing, I believe that the airbag would not deploy in the event of a crash.

- Apopka, FL, USA

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