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:
13,929 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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2013 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 16 of 16)

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problem #3

Sep 062012


  • miles


Passenger airbag "off" light stays on even when someone is sitting in the passenger seat. Intermittent problem - ongoing since new.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 312012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
The passenger air bag off light remained illuminated even though there was a passenger sitting in the seat that was over 100 pounds. I took the vehicle to the local dealership and they said that nothing could be done since there was no error code in the system. I had to shut off and restart the vehicle in order for the passenger air bag to function properly. Since the initial incident, this problem has occurred one other time.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 052012


  • 50 miles
Intermittently, "passenger airbag off" warning light remains on even though passenger (130 lbs) is in the front passenger (cloth) seat.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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