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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

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 9 of 16)

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problem #147

Jun 122013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger air bag light stays on while passenger is sitting in the seat. Problem started a couple of weeks after I leased brand new car. The problem is ongoing for over a year now. The fox Nissan dealership cannot replicate the problem so Nissan will not offer any resolution. I've been trying for a year now and the problem persists, Nissan or dealership cannot say if the airbag will work in the case of a crash. I'm paying monthly lease payments on a car that may or may not be safe. What ever happened to customer service? took the car in last Friday for the airbag recall, problem is still there after dealership updated the software problem. Both fox Nissan dealership and Nissan regional field rep said there is nothing more they can do since they can't replicate the problem. Apparently the photos of the problem they had me take we're to make me feel like they actually cared. I can't believe I'm continuing to make payments on this unsafe vehicle.

- Middleville, MI, USA

problem #146

Jun 142014

Altima

  • 17,857 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while a passenger was sitting in the front seat the air bag light illuminated. The contact shut the vehicle off and restarted it and the air bag light shut off. The failure recurred within twenty minutes. The failure occurred on three occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The dealer repaired the air bag sensor; however, the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 17,857. The current mileage was 18,200.

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #145

Sep 052013

Altima

  • 3,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact's vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number: 14V138000 (air bags); however, the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the floor mat sensor needed to be reprogrammed. While a passenger was seated in the front passenger seat, the air bag sensor failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000. Jcc

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #144

May 032014

Altima

  • 19,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

TL * the contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact noticed that the air bag safety features on the vehicle were disabled. The dealer was unable to repair the vehicle because an error code could not be determined. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Horsehead , NY, USA

problem #143

Jun 032014

Altima

  • 500 miles
Brought my car in when I received the recall notice from Nissan that the passenger side air bag had an issue due to a software glitch. After bringing the car in and having the software updated, a few days later, the light again came on while there was a passenger (myself, adult female about 130 lbs) in the passenger side seat (my husband was driving and noticed the light had come on). I reported it to the dealer where I had bought the car and had the recall repair made, they told me there were several other cars also reporting that the error continued even after having the software fix applied. They told me I'd have to bring the car in and they would try to duplicate the error and possibly replace a seat track, but would need to confirm with Nissan on whether or not they could do this. I think it is ridiculous that if they know there is an issue and know the fix did not fix it, they need to proceed with additional steps in order to resolve this failure in the safety equipment.

- Apex, NC, USA

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problem #142

Dec 122012

Altima

  • 2,042 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag warning indicator flashed on and off while the seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times and the occupant classification system was replaced repeatedly; however, the failure recurred. The dealer stated that nothing else could be done to remedy the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 2,042.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #141

Apr 082013

Altima

  • 20,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger air bag light intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available the approximate failure mileage was 20,900.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #140

Apr 122013

Altima 6-cyl

  • 11,198 miles
The passenger airbag turns off when a passenger is in the seat. It is not always immediate and does not happen every time it is driven. It has had 2 recalls for this issue and this will be the 11th time it has been into the dealership for this same thing. The majority of the time, the dealership claims that they cannot find a problem, however, they were not driving it beyond the parking lot enough to even put one mile on it until I brought that to their attention April 18, 2014. They stated that the vehicle never showed a campaign for the recall, although 2 of my receipts state that it was repaired. I've contacted Nissan headquarters and requested a repurchase order, however it is not guaranteed. They told me to keep working with the dealership. I have taken it in an excessive amount of times for the same thing. I bought the car with 7,000 miles and remainder of the warranty, . if it had been purchased brand new, it would have qualified under the lemon law as a lemon. It is an unsafe vehicle because the airbags will not deploy if we are in an accident and I'm not making progress with the dealership nor headquarters.

- Oregon , IL, USA

problem #139

May 232014

Altima

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system) but the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated that the sensor would not acknowledge a person seated at the weight of 130 pounds or less. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage 28,500.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #138

Mar 012013

Altima

  • miles
Leased the vehicle in January 2013. Noticed that when I sit in the passenger seat, the airbag off light is illuminated at random times. Sometimes it is on the entire time I am in the passenger seat, sometimes it comes on after driving for a while and stays on and sometimes it doesn't come on at all. Brought to dealer for various fixes/recalls on the OCS system; had the latest recall issued in April 2014 done on my car a couple of weeks ago and the light still comes on intermittently, same as before. This is a safety issue to me, as I do not know if the airbags will deploy or not if we are involved in an accident because there is no consistency with the airbag off light being on when I sit there. The dealer looked at it once more for me yesterday (5/28) and said there is nothing else they can do. They have no idea why the light illuminates or if the airbags will deploy if I am involved in an accident. This is not a satisfactory answer to me. Someone else must get involved to get this issue resolved for me. I understand the dealership's hands are tied as they have no further direction/info from Nissan to correct the problem and they don't know what to do. I need a response and fix on this.

- Slatington, PA, USA

problem #137

Apr 082013

Altima

  • 14,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the air bag and the brake lights illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system). However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #136

Apr 292014

Altima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while making a right turn at approximately 15 mph, another vehicle crashed into the left side of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained neck and shoulder injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V138000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was not available. Drrk

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #135

Apr 302014

Altima

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger's side seat belt light intermittently illuminated when a passenger was in the seat and secured. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system), however the failure was recurring. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Dalycity, CA, USA

problem #134

Apr 282014

Altima

  • 16,800 miles
I have experienced several incidents where the airbag off light was on even though an adult passenger was riding in the passenger seat with their seat belt fastened. I was made aware of the passenger air bag recall affecting many 2013 Nissan Altima. I brought my vehicle to the Nissan dealership just one week ago for routine maintenance and I inquired about the recall. They performed the recall which I believe involved a software update. However even though the recall update was performed, today just 5 days after receiving the update, once again the airbag light was on with an adult sized passenger in the car's front passenger seat. I had to stop, turn off the car and restart in order to correct the situation.

- Bristow, VA, USA

problem #133

Dec 192012

Altima

  • 40 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the air bag warning light would illuminate while the passenger's seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the air bag sensor was replaced but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40. The VIN was not available. Updated 06/10/14

- Rocky Mount, VA, USA

problem #132

Feb 202014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 6,350 miles
My wife and I were driving I noticed the passenger airbag light saying "passenger airbag off".. my wife is about 150 lbs and the airbag seat sensor should not have an issue with a person of this weight. I worked on seat sensor design for almost two years and I know that most are programs to not deploy for people under 80lbs. This has happened three times so far (mid Jan, end of Feb, and early March 2014). I have pulled over each time, turned the car on and off and it re-set the error two of the three times. The one time it did not, I drove an additional 10 miles then retried the car off/on and it re-set so the airbag does work. Now I'm driving around checking for the light so I know the airbag will deploy in case of an accident when I have a passenger in my front seat.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #131

Mar 032014

Altima

  • 2,900 miles
Front passenger air bag remain active (on) although there is no adult passenger sitting in the front seat.

- Forsyth, IL, USA

problem #130

Feb 272013

Altima

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light illuminated intermittently when there was a passenger in the seat. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number 14V138000( air bags, electrical system ) however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #129

Oct 162013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
The passenger seat airbag sensor fails to notice a 110 pound passenger in the seat. This results in a warning on the display that the passenger airbag is disabled. The first incident was last fall. The date and mileage above is just a guess, the second time was on or about March 20, 2014 when the warning remained on for about 5 miles or until I stopped and restarted the car at a traffic light. It happened again April 5, 2013. The warning stayed on until I shut off the engine and then restarted it. I am not sure but it may be affected by whether of not her seat belt buckle is engaged before or after the car is started. (please note that this is my wife's car and their is seldom anyone in the passenger seat.) there was a recall for this issue in 2013 and there has been an announcement of a new recall starting soon. Both recalls are only for selected VIN numbers and neither includes our Altima. I checked with Nissan corporate customer service and with the dealer and they both confirmed the recalled vehicles do not include our car. The car is titled to my wife [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #128

Mar 312014

Altima

  • 15,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the engine rpms increased excessively without warning. Also, the contact stated that the air bag warning light would illuminate intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 15,500.

- Daunn Loring , VA, USA

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