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: The 2013 Nissan Altima has multiple problem trends including the CVT transmission, and now that this model is out of warranty, it earns our "avoid like the plague" badge.

Owners complain about vibration and transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a whining noise from the power steering pump, and constant windshield problems that appear to be the result of poor design.

Be warned: the 2014 & 2015 Nissan Altima appears to share these same problems.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
20 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,239 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 14 of 16)

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problem #47

Aug 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


I have reported to Nissan several times about my vehicle having squeaky brakes. They supposedly added a stint to quiet the brakes but that didn't work. Also the airbag light is not functioning properly.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #46

Aug 052012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 30 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front passenger air bag off warning message was illuminated. The passenger's seat was occupied when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who determined that the air bag was operable and without failure. The contact was concerned because the failure occurred while his wife, sat in the seat. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 30. The current mileage was 8,000.

- Port Washington , NY, USA

problem #45

Feb 012013


  • 100 miles
On at least three occasions the air bag indicator has indicated that the air bag has been turned off. In all of these cases an adult has occupied the passenger seat. This issue is not consistent. In one case when it did not deploy I turned the car off and then on again and it appears to work correctly. At this time I do not know if the airbag is engaged or not. I consider this a severe safety issue.

- Montgomery, MN, USA

problem #44

May 112013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,020 miles


Passenger side air bag light off is coming on with an adult sitting in the seat. Took car in to dealership. They ran computer test and nothing came up. Test drove with me sitting in passenger seat and problem still happened. Tech performed multipoint vehicle inspection and nothing came up. Even thou problem is still there, Nissan states all systems operating to specification. In my opinion, nothing was done to correct the problem. I'm hoping Nissan does not wait until someone is hurt or killed to issue a recall.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #43

Sep 042012

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the air bag off indicator illuminated continuously even though a front seat passenger was present. The failure occurred whenever the front seat occupant weighted less than 130 pounds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times for the similar defect. The technician stated that the vehicle functioned as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000...updated 06/17/13

- West Orange, NJ, USA

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problem #42

Mar 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Front seat passenger airbag system doesn't work with my front seat passengers weighing between 115-125 pounds. Status light indicates system is off and airbag will not inflate in a crash. Nissan customer service tells me the system is designed to work with front seat passengers 85 pounds and up. I am filing as I see other 2013 Nissan Altima owners are having the same problem. Dealer "can't duplicate the problem " so no repairs have been made. My vehicle continues to offer no front passenger seat air bag protection for 115-125 pound passengers.

- Cross Lanes, WV, USA

problem #41

May 072013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 2,500 miles


The airbag sensor for the front passenger seat does not work properly. On multiple occasions, when a 120-130 lb female is sitting in the passenger seat, the detection system and warning light suggest the air bag has been shut off. There is a recall for Nissan Altima of my model year, but not my vehicle. This is clearly a safety issue but I don't know why my vehicle is not part of the recall. When I test-drove the vehicle in January, the salesman (~130 lb) was sitting in the passenger seat and joked that he often triggered the airbag shut-off because he didn't weigh enough. But I assume the weight maximum for shut-off has to be around 70 pounds.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #40

May 072013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Passenger air bag indicator turns on, randomly ? even when passenger seat is occupied. It means passenger air bag is off - it will not inflate in a crash. I'm very scary drive this car with someone who sits the passenger seat. Nissan already recalls 2013 Altima with the same issue. I reported it at Nissan dealer, they do nothing and say my car's VIN# not include the recalls so they don't fix or replace anything.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #39

Mar 212013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
When sitting the front passenger seat passenger air bag off sign comes out and randomly disappear, appear repeatedly. Sit the very properly by owner' manual it comes out. It means passenger air bag is off sign on it will not inflate in a crash. I'm very scary drive this car with someone who sit the passenger seat. Although sitting on the seat properly and using the seat belt properly it doesn't matters because the passenger air bag off light always illuminate. It is very dangerous in a crash. I really want to know need air bag for what"?" Nissan already recalls some car same issues. I bring my car Nissan dealer, they do nothing and say"this is normal" and have same problems my car's VIN# not include the recalls so they don't fix or replace anything. It is ridiculous. Also Altima has weird winning high pitch noise all the time and drive low RPM to change to high RPM makes very loud rumbling knocking seems like a drive belt and tensioner problems. Dealer say that it is normal. Dealer always say "it is normal". if my warranty is finish they say that it is problems. I really want to solutions.

- Hawaiian Gardens, CA, USA

problem #38

Feb 042013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 75 miles
After I bought the car I noticed the driver's side rear view mirror was vibrating while driving at all speeds. Then the dealer replaced the mirror several times until they fixed the vibrating problem. But now, the mirror they replaced it with seems to be a generic mirror, seems like a convex mirror and the objects and view look deformed. It isn't a flat mirror and the dealer said that is normal and all the cars have that same mirror. That is a lie because when they changed my very first mirror due to vibrating, it was flat and clear. This issue has not been solved but now they replaced 2 sensors that are on recall and waiting for a third sensor on the driver's airbag to be replaced as well due to recall. I am so tired of going back and forth to the dealer that I am finally going to file a complaint, this car is a lemon! (2013 Nissan Altima sv -pearl white).

- Pacoima, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 302013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 250 miles


I purchased a new 2013 Altima sedan 2.5sl mid of March. 1. passenfer airbag off light on. Passenger airbag seems to disable itself randomly. 2. whining or whistling noise from engine bay. 3. when I make a turn(letf, right both) I can hear druming sound from back.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #36

Oct 012012


  • 250 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag shut off independently as a passenger was occupying the seat. The vehicle was taken to two different dealers for a total of five times for the failure. The contact was informed each time that the failure could not be recreated. The contact was informed of the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 13V069000 (air bags) and contacted the manufacturer. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall and no assistance was provided. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 250 and the current mileage was 21,000.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #35

Feb 012013


  • 4,000 miles
After the first car with 2000miles air bags did not go off in the accident so went bought another new one the airbag light was on in 70 miles so put a new seat from another car Nissan did not have a new seat no the air bag light does not work properly and the car has a viberation that Nissan cant fix need to stop selling lemons.

- Horton, AL, USA

problem #34

Nov 092012


  • 2,000 miles
We had anew 2013 Altima with 2000miles on it was traveling 25 or so mph got hot in rear end by a F 350 going 60 or70mph hit the car in front of me both sides damaged me and the wife had to be cut out of the car no air bags went off N has a problem.

- Horton, AL, USA

problem #33

Jan 072013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
Passenger air bag periodically turns itself off during a trip and will not reset until the car is turned off. This has happened periodically, approximately 10 times. I returned to the dealership and they said they would not change the defective sensor until Nissan officially recalled the part. They simply loosened and then retorques the sensor.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 252013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 800 miles
Passenger airbag seems to disable itself randomly. Airbag off light comes on and then goes away after a while and then comes back again after a few minutes. Very scary to drive knowing that the airbag won't deploy.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #31

Mar 162013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
I took delivery on a new Nissan Altima 3/15/2013, and the night before, I saw online that there was a recall related to passenger air bag sensors, so I asked dealer to check on this before I took delivery. The dealer told me that my vehicle was not covered by that recall since it was manufactured after that 'batch'. I noticed the next day that the red dash airbag light was on, and also noticed that the yellow passenger airbag 'off' light was on, even though nobody was in that seat, no object there, etc. I drove my wife in the car a few days later, and both red and yellow lights remained illuminated whether she was in the seat, or I was in the seat, or nobody was in the seat. I checked the owners manual, and it indicated that both driver and passenger airbags may not deploy if in an accident if these lights were on. Returned to dealer on 3/20/2013 after telling the dealer that I refused to drive this car anymore until this was remedied. And was told that they would investigate, they provided a rental car. I still have a rental car as of 3/23/2013, and have been told for 3 days now that Nissan has informed the dealer that they want to send the dealer an entire 'passenger seat strip', but cannot provide information on when the part will be available or when it will ship. After reading the recall description, my vehicle is exhibiting exactly the same symptoms as the recall notice - both red and yellow air bag lights are on and remain on all the time. I asked again for the dealer to check if my vehicle was covered by the recall, they said no. How can it be that this vehicle has not been recalled" the dealer told me that another customer just had the same thing happen, and the rental car Agency told me they just ordered several new Altima and that they had to return one for the same problem. Is the NHTSA aware of this problem"

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #30

Jan 032013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Air bag light is illuminated while the seat is occupied with passenger indicating that the air bag is deactivated. Both requirement (weight limit and setting correctly) by the manufacture is meet. Took to the dealer and had Nissan send a tech from the manufacturer to check it out. All the tell me is there is no codes store in the system. I believe this is major safety issue with no answers from Nissan. They dance around when I ask question and turn it into user error, where in fact requirement (weight limit and setting correctly) by the manufacture is meet. 1800-343-6913 ext. [xxx] case # [xxx]. major safety issue please help I got no where with Nissan information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #29

Sep 032012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The passenger side airbag warning light has been coming on at random times when someone is sitting in the seat. It has been doing this since I bought the car. The light indicates that the airbag is off. The dealer has reset the seat two time and the problem is not solved. I checked online and found that others have been having the same problem. The dealer has indicated that Nissan has put a hold on parts for that seat. They obviously know there is a problem. I am seriously concerned that someone sitting in the passenger seat can be at risk in the event of an accident. If Nissan won't tell their own dealers what is going on that is a problem.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #28

Feb 182013


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the passenger did not weigh enough for the air bag seat sensor to recognize that the seat was occupied. The contact then rode in the passenger seat and the air bag warning light also illuminated for a occupant with more body mass. A second appointment was scheduled with the dealer fir further inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 300.

- Churchville, MD, USA

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