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: You don't want to get 2009 and 2010 Altima owners started about their cars. That is, unless, you know how to start their cars.

These vehicles can suddenly become impossible to start thanks to a faulty electronic steering column lock (ESCL). Nissan dealers will gladly replace it, but that will run you $1000.

It's one of the many reasons this car was named CarTalk's Turd of the Week and given our Beware of this Clunker badge. Two dubious honors.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,556 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.

2009 Nissan Altima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 18 of 18)

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problem #3

Mar 012010

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and exhibit trouble moving forward. Also, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed of a failure within the electrical system. The system was repaired. Approximately five months later, the vehicle would not start and was towed to an authorized dealer where the vehicle was diagnosed (contact could not recall the diagnosis); an unknown repair was performed. Approximately four months later, the vehicle experienced the same failure and the vehicle would not start. The during the failure, the anti-theft light began illuminated and after repeated attempts, the contact was able to get the vehicle started. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the ipdm failed; the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage is approximately 21,000. Updated 03/02/11 updated 03/08/11

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 132009


  • 370 miles
Purchased new 2009 Nissan Altima on July 31st 2009, car died on August 13th 2009. Dealer stated fusible link failure, to date (Aug 19 09) no response from dealer per status on the vehicle. Is there a problem associated with this as it relates to this vehicle ??. please let me know. Updated 08/27/09 the consumer received a call and was told the vehicle had a cracked engine from the manufacturing. Updated 08/31/09.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 232009


  • 1,478 miles
The 2009 Nissan Altima has an electrical discharge design flaw. The headlights turn off automatically after 5 minutes, apparently the battery rapidly drains even after the auto-headlight shutoff with the car turned off. I purchased a 2009 Nissan Altima 2500S December 7th, 2008, the car died January 23rd, 2009. I drove the car from home to work in the rain. The car was parked for around 10 hours, after returning to drive home, the car was dead - the keyless entry didn't work, using the mechanical key to enter the car, the start button didn't work. Aaa couldn't tow the car due to a height beam blocking the tow truck - the car couldn't be moved because the car was frozen in park due to the dead electrical system - the trunk couldn't be opened with the switch on the trunk or by the switch on the dash. Aaa jumped the battery and the car has run for 3 days now without any problems. The battery was so fully drained that the radio needed to be reprogrammed with the time and stations. This raises questions of how many safety systems relying on the battery will fail - for example the car can roll away if shutoff in neutral - if the battery discharges, is the shift gear then frozen in neutral? the rapid discharge of the battery with the car off is a design flaw which leaves the consumer stranded, potentially in a dangerous situation.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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