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: We don't recommend the 2009 Maxima nearly as highly as the 2007-2008 Maxima, because NHTSA complaints show a pattern of the steering lock module failing.

When the module fails it prevents the car from starting, & Nissan dealers charge over $1,000 (!!) to repair it. Nissan recalled the module on some other 2009 models with the same steering lock problem, but for some reason they left out the 2009 Maxima.

If you're thinking about buying a 2009 Maxima, instead consider a 2007-2008, or 2010 (or newer).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,000 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.

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2009 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 162010


  • miles


Inability to clearly see road in certain sunny conditions from a melting dashboard which causes glare in middle of windshield.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
I've owned my Nissan sense 2009 and over the last year the dash has been melting and causing a glare right in the driver vision of view. I'm hoping that there is a recall for this it is causing me to do less driving on sunny days due to glare.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 252013


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, there was a loud explosion heard from the top of the vehicle. The contact merged to the shoulder and noticed that the front sun roof was shattered. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was advised that the entire front sun roof needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 78,000.

- The Colony, TX, USA

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