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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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,236 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.

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2009 Nissan Altima miscellaneous problems

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #6

Jun 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Around 2012 the dashboard in this Altima is melting. It's turning into a glossy goo that is causing a extreme glare into the drivers side of the windshield. Nissan has not issued any recalls on this, so they wont fix it. I went to and found that apparently this is a widespread problem with Nissan, Toyota, Mazda & Lexus.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #5

Dec 092013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 110,200 miles
I was driving on the freeway and my car shutdown. I pulled over and tried to restart my car but it would not turn on.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 192013


  • 41,000 miles
After shopping my car would not start. I had to flatbed it to the dealer. The dealer replaced the steering lock (part 48700-9N00A). The car's mileage and time was slightly out of warranty (41000 & 41 months vs 36000 & 36 months). The new redesigned steering lock (part 48700-9N00B) has a warranty for only 1 year. Per Nissan forums this is a known issue with Nissan: GT-R, 370Z & Altima. My understanding is there has been a recall on the GT-R only. I would expect a recall or extension to the warranty on this part in the Altima.

- Loudonville, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 282012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 90,521 miles


Upon attempting to start the car, ignition would not change from "lock" to "acc" or "on". intelligent key warning lamp was lit steady on dash. Steering wheel column was not locked. All power and other functions worked (lights, door locks, etc). Battery is fine. Independent testing found steering lock control module part 48700-9N00B faulty. Similar/same part on Nissan gtrs was recalled, part number 48700-jf00A or 48700-jf00B, being replaced by 48700-jf00C same part number is failing for Nissan 370zs as well, same years and same part number 48700-jf00A or 48700-jf00B, yet they are not being recalled. This problem is also occurring in Nissan maximas and Nissan muranos however I could not find the part number. In all models of Nissan this part was removed in mid 2010 due to consistent failure. The part costs approximately $500 from Nissan, is usually out of stock and back ordered, and also costs another $400-$500 to be installed at a dealer. There should be a make-wide recall for all models for this part, not just the gtr because it's the most expensive of them.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 252012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
2009 Nissan Altima coupe was in parking lot and would not start. The intelligent key warning light was on dash. Had car towed to dealer. They advised steering lock control unit (part #48700-9N00B) was bad. This is a common problem on '09 Altima as well as 370Z. Dealer offered 10% discount and advised $600 total. I called Nissan customer care and escalated to regional office. This is a real safety issue because who knows where and when you can be stranded. Nissan has recalled this part on other models and discontinued this feature on subsequent models. This is a safety issue and something needs to be done!

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

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problem #1

Jan 032011


  • 17,000 miles
Heat shield on exhaust center pipe overheated and broke. Pipe and gaskets required replacement by dealer.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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