Notes: You don't want to get 2009 and 2010 Altima owners started about their cars. That is, unless, you know how to start their cars.

These vehicles can suddenly become impossible to start thanks to a faulty electronic steering column lock (ESCL). Nissan dealers will gladly replace it, but that will run you $1000.

It's one of the many reasons this car was named CarTalk's Turd of the Week and given our Beware of this Clunker badge. Two dubious honors.

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2009 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 262014

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles


On August 26, 2014 we pulled up a walmart and my grandson could not get out of his seat belt. The seat belt was getting tighter and tighter and was squeezing his stomach causing him to be in great pain. (I have pictures) a good samaritian came and tried to help and he stated that the seat belt had locked after trying for so long to get the belt to release my grand son began to cry he could no longer endure the pain to his stomach. The seat belt had caused his stomach to protrude you could see his ribs. We finally had to cut the seat belt to free my grandson.

- Cairo, IL, USA

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