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 2010 Nissan Maxima is a very good reliable vehicle. Beware of Maximas from 2009, and 2004-2006 though.

The 2009 Maxima has an expensive problem where the steering lock prevents the car from starting, & costs upwards of $1,000 to fix!

Nissan Maximas from 2004-2006 have a widespread transmission defect, but judging from our complaint data, Nissan fixed the transmission problem starting with the 2007 model.

For the 2010 Maxima, so far so good!


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,613 miles

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2010 Nissan Maxima steering problems

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2010 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments (Page 6 of 7)

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problem #34

Feb 132014


  • 63,000 miles


My steering lock unit went out. Nissan quoted me 900 to get the issue fixed which isn't covered under warranty. However, its a known fact that many Nissan experience this problem and should be covered under the warranty. I only had the car 1 year.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #33

Jan 302014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Went to grocery store with 2 kids (3yrs/2yrs old) came out and car wouldn't start. Yellow key light & red key light was lite on dash. The car would open and close with key fob but car still wouldn't start neither did it recognize the key fob when placed into slot. Had to get it towed to repair shop to later find out a steering lock module had gone bad. Read reviews online about different year models recalled for same part #487009N00B but no recall issued for 2010 Maximas yet several people are having the same issue. Repair shop and I can not get part listed above because its on national backorder was told I have to pay upfront for part $500 in order to be placed on a waiting list and part is ordered then would have to wait anywhere from 40 to 60 days and still not guaranteed. Called Nissan about issue and they can not do anything until the part is ordered. Called around myself to find part and very difficult. If this part was an issue & recalled previously why did they continue to use it? and no alternate part has been made to replace existing part. Im getting the raw end of the stick handed to me. 1st to pay out of pocket with no guarantee of the part 2nd to have to pay to have car towed 3rd for the part being on national backorder. I dont expect a car with 52,000 miles to give me issues like this & not be covered being that's its a known problem. Im very frustrated at this point. I have to make alternate arrangements to get to work. This needs to looked into asap!

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #32

Feb 082014


  • 35,890 miles
Same as everyone else with the electronic steering column lock malfunctioning on a 3 and 1/2 year old car. This is absolutely ridiculous that a part that should last the life of the car fails so often and even more ridiculous that Nissan is not extending the warranty or recalling it for the 2010 models. Not to mention that the part is on back-order and who knows how long I am going to have to come out of packet for a rental and oh by the way waiting to pay $1300 plus to get this fixed. This is so upsetting... Nissan should stand by their products and recognize the fact that their design for that part obviously did not work. Nissan should also do right by their customers and take care of this issue.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #31

Feb 032014


  • 79,150 miles


After leaving work to drive home, car would not start, yellow key symbol was on dashboard. Key fob still worked to lock and unlock doors. Car battery was fine, headlights and brake lights still worked. Checked manual and it indicated steering lock malfunction. Had to have the car towed to nearest dealership. After waiting 4 days for the part to come in, I had to pay over $800 to have the part replaced. Very disappointed in Nissan not covering this part because of the many others who have reported the exact same issue in the 2010 Maxima -- even when it is a known and covered part in the 2009 model.

- Hooksett, NH, USA

problem #30

Feb 042014


  • 23,000 miles
Went to work park the car with no problems, came out of work car would not start. Thought it was the batteries in the remote due to the yellow light with the intelligent key on the dash, and then remember I just replaced the battery.the doors would unlock and lock with no problems, the brake petal would not go in. Then thought it was the battery hood up a charger and it read it was on 70% charged, called the dealer they told me to have it towed in. The dealer called me the next day and told me it was the steering column, when I asked them why would it do this the only answer they had for me was this has been a problem with this year make and model. With the towing and the diagnostic check and the part with labor it's costing me over 1,000 dollars, the standard warranty does not cover any of this, all out of pocket. I just got rid of a 2008 gl 450 Mercedes Benz, because of having problems with it, I have a 4 year old visually disabled child that I am constantly traveling long distances to medical appointments so this is absolutely unacceptable to me. I always have loved Nissan and this is my 4th Nissan and was planning on purchasing a pathfinder in the falltime. When I purchased this car I stood by the dependability of the name, and I'm very disappointed.

- Ellenville, NY, USA

problem #29

Feb 042014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering wheel locked and car will not start. Battery works fine, intelligent keys work fine, windows will not roll up. I had to get it towed to the dealership and they could not tell the reason of its malfunction since it wont start. They ran their tests and consulted that it is the steering wheel locking unit. I was told that it would cost 750 to replace. They also told me to call 1800 Nissan 1 and file a complaint. I then had it towed (paying out of pocket this time) to my house until I can pay for the part and have it fixed. It is ridiculous that Nissan has not recalled or even extended warranty for other year models, or at the least make some kind of contribution towards the cost of their own manufacturing mistakes. Instead, they assume that this same issue will not happen to other models. Yet with researching, there are a plethora of customers going through the exact same issue with the exact same part and getting screwed. So much for customer service, they surely will not have much customers if they continue to leave this issue hanging dry. I will assure that I will not recommend others to purchase Nissan vehicles.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #28

Feb 022014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 38,456 miles


Electronic steering column lock malfunctioned on me, this is a issue for the 2009 Maxima (recall) which the 2010 also has same part and same malfunction and still does not have recall, I paid over a $1000 for this part which I really cant afford.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #27

Jan 312014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Total failure of the electronic steering lock mechanism. This is a known defect and has not been addressed by Nissan at this time.

- Mt. Juliet , TN, USA

problem #26

Jan 292014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Yesterday I went into a store, came out to find out my electronic steering lock went up without warning. Its a widespread issue and is happening to 1000S of people. I been told Nissan is fully aware of the issue, but is only going to take care of the 2009 models. I don't understand how a major company such as Nissan would know about this and not take care of everyone having this issue. It's not a driver error, it's a factory error and Nissan should take full responsibility. The dealership I had it towed to says it's 900 dollars to fix and the part is on back order and they aren't sure when it would even come in. What am I supposed to do here? I don't have 900 dollars. This is my only means of transportation and I could be out of my vehicle for month's. I have been a Maxima lover since I can remember. I've had 3 Maximas. It's sad to say I will never purchase another Nissan again.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #25

Jan 222014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 45,071 miles
The vehicle would not start or move due to the malfunctioned electronics steering column lock control assembly. Car had to be towed to the dealer. The part was on back-order due to the fact that many Nissan 2009 and 2010 models having this same exact issue. Had to wait for five days to get it repaired, and no loaner car was provided. The repair cost was over $800. The vehicle is less than three years old and has only 45000 miles on it. This seems to be a known issue with many Altima, Maximas, and 370zs... Nissan is aware of the issue but extended warranty on electronic steering column lock (escl) only for 2009 Altima and Maximas. This is definitely a design flow on the part of Nissan and as such should be covered by extended warranty or recall for 2010 models as well.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #24

Jan 092014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 50,240 miles


Steering wheel is locked and needs to be replaced. As per threads on internet this is an ongoing issue. Some Nissan have been called for a recall but not this model.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #23

Jan 062014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 63,106 miles
The vehicle would not start or move due to steering lock assembly. Needed to be towed to dealer to be fixed. This should not happen to a three year old vehicle with 63000 miles on it this assembly should last the life time of the car.

- South Park, PA, USA

problem #22

Dec 292013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,734 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the steering lock had failed. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 48,734. Updated 02/11/2014

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #21

Dec 192013


  • 88,000 miles
Today when I into my car and the car wouldn't start. I noticed the yellow "key" indicator is on, and the intelligent key will only lock and unlock the doors. I tried to start the car by placing the intelligent key in the manual start port, but the push button ignition stays ("reads") in the locked position, and the lcd shows an image that appears to be telling me to pull the key out of the port.the steering wheel itself is not locked, however. I can actually move it back and forth, but the brake pedal will not press very far down. After goggeling several threads came up about other people who have a 09-10 Maxima have the same issues but Nissan is doing nothing about it. Said to say it sounds like they know this was going to happen but they don't care about the life of their consumers. Im a single mother of 2 and im so hurt about the lack of quality Nissan is making.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #20

Dec 142013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 87,192 miles
Steering lock failed causing me to be stranded. Car would not start, but lights and door locks worked fine. Had to have the car towed to dealer and repaired. This is a known issue with Nissan. They refund 2009 Maxima owners but refuse to refund the 2010 even though it's the same part.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #19

Nov 272013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 50,600 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the key warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned the failure recurred on three occasions. On the third occasion, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering lock unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 50,600.

- Mount Vernon , OH, USA

problem #18

Nov 272013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 55,444 miles
Purchased vehicle November 2012 everything work fine parked car went to bed woke up next day car would not start, intelligent key open and lock doors, horn honks good, key symbol on dash showing steady, push button start symbol states lock, bought new car battery, new intelligent key battery still wont start. Called dealer, service tech states known problem as steeling mechanism locked. Had to pay to tow vehicle to dealer. End of story cost $857 to fix plus $200 for the tow and Nissan wont assist in any kind of way. Dealer tech says I have 1 year warranty on work but this can happen again at any time. I find this to make the vehicle unreliable in all kinds of ways even life threatening. After doing some research this is a very highly common issue which Nissan is well aware of. My family and I own many Nissan vehicles and after this we as family will no longer purchase Nissan vehicles. I don't understand how there isn't a recall or extended warranty on this issue.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #17

Dec 032013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 59,842 miles
I bought a 2010 Nissan Maxima 2 months ago. I drove it to work this particular day and everything seemed fine but when I tried to leave to go out for lunch, my car wouldn't start. I thought maybe it was the battery, but all lights worked perfectly and horn was still blowing. Called three Nissan dealerships in my area to get advice on what the problem may be, they all suggested that I may need a new battery in the fob. The fob was still working to unlock and lock the car so obviously this wasn't the problem. Still I tried for hours to get the car started and was not able to. After being stranded for hours, I had leave my car. The next day, I had to get it towed to the dealership, where they told me this was a common problem (yet they didn't suggest it when I called). The electrical steering control unit had gone out or malfunctioned. They had the replacement part in stock and had my car repaired the same day, which cost me $815.52. After researching the problem I found that this was a common problem and an extended warranty was actually issued for the 2009 Altima's for the same exact problem. I called Nissan and they were happy to open a case for me and forward it to the corporate office to see if I could get reimbursed since this is a common and known problem. A representative from Nissan called me back the following day and informed me that they are not issuing a extended warranty or issuing refunds for the problem. If this is a known problem why hasn't it been recalled and why won't Nissan take responsibility for the problem" I think that this should be investigated because there was no warning in my case and many other complaints I have read. What if the same thing happens to the "new" part" I'll be stranded again, need towing again, and have to pay for a known, uncorrected problem again.

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #16

Dec 032013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Went to start my 2010 Nissan Maxima this morning for work and it would not start. The yellow key light indicator was lit on the dash, brake was hard to press. The car would not change from "lock" mode to "acc" or "on" position. The car would not start, doors would unlock with the fob but the car would do nothing else. Reading the manual, I was able to tell what the indicator light meant. While waiting for the tow truck to arrive I searched the result and was shocked to see all the complaints on the same malfunction and how this has not been labeled as a recall due to the high volume of complaints. Basically the steering wheel control lock will not disengage leaving you stranded. There has been a recall on the 2009 Altima and Maxima but not the 2010 which uses the same part. From what I have read the repair cost run around $800-$1000. Waiting now for the Nissan dealership to call me back.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #15

Dec 032013

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
I parked my car and went inside my inlaws with my 2 year old and 3 week old. When I went to leave my I-key warning light was on. The key opened the doors but the brake was locked and the vehicle wouldn't turn on. After looking online and checking the batteries in the key fobs I discovered this was a problem with the escl (electronic steering control lock). This is a known issue for Nissan produced in 2009. Nissan actually extended the 2009 models warranty for this part. My vehicle was produced in 2009 but is a 2010 model and not covered by the extended warranty. The repair for this is about $800 and should be covered under warranty. Nissan is ignoring this issue in 2010 models which is unacceptable. Had I been anywhere else this issue could have been much worse with me and my two kids stranded.

- Roanoke , VA, USA

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