really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,193 miles

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2008 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 082015


  • 144,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into a second vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle sustained significant damage to the front end. The contact indicated that the seat belt malfunctioned and did not secure the driver during the incident. The driver suffered neck, back, and chest injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 082014


  • 38,000 miles
The red air bag/seat belt warning light on passenger seat is flashing continuously with or without passenger sitting on a passenger seat. There is also no change if seat belts are locked in or not - the red light is flashing all the time. On 17th of September my car was checked by Nissan service at autonation Nissan marrietta (925 cobb parkway SE, marietta ga 30060). They cleared the code and monitor. On 13th of October the red air bag/seat belt warning light started flashing again and I made an appointment at autonation Nissan. On 16th of October, my car was checked again by Nissan service and I was told that the problem is in a sensor in a cushion seat and estimate cost is $900. They didn't have it in their inventory and I had to wait for a delivery. On 28th of October, I was informed that the cushion seat is in their facility. I checked Nissan recalls list and found out that there was a recall of Nissan Altima 2008 because of flashing air bag red light (NHTSA campaign # 08V-521). The description fits exactly to the problem with my car. I contacted the national Consumer Affairs department of Nissan North America and made an official complaint on 20th of October. I was informed Nissan would contact me on the same day or next (on 20th or 21st of October), but no one did. I called again the national Consumer Affairs department of Nissan North America on 28th of October and was told I would be contacted by Nissan at the end of a day. I was not contacted by any Nissan representative yet. I believe I should not pay for something that was recalled for this model year.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 182011

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,579 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 35 mph he engaged the brakes and T-boned the vehicle in front of him. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt shoulder restraint did not restraint him during the crash. His breast bone was fractured by the steering column and he was hospitalized for 24 hours. A police report was filed. The vehicle was damaged on the right front bumper, headlights, grill and there was a dent in the hood. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,574 and the current mileage was 34,579. Updated 05/03/11

- Wheeling, IL, USA

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