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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,389 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Sep 272018


  • miles


The mph would register as 60 but I know it was only doing 20. Going around curves it was acting like it want to go but dont go far. It will start but mph wont move, and wont move forward but will backup.

- Bladenboro, NC, USA

problem #36

Jan 052018


  • miles
Flashing seatbelt sign relating to passenger side. Also when it rains both front and back doors are fill with water. When driving water can be heard swooshing. Afterward to relieve the noise, I have to pick up the rubber at the base of the doors and water will ran out.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #35

Jun 132018


  • miles

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #34

Oct 022015


  • 100,536 miles


Takata recall - the light on my air bags pops up randomly when I drive it. There could be nothing in the passenger seat and it will still light up. I have asked the service men at the Nissan service in woodbridge, va to check this problem when I have taken it in for servicing but they said it was nothing. They will not fix it. I am a woman and I don't know these things until a "recall" is sent out. What should I do?

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #33

Oct 202017


  • 8 miles
I hit a deer head on@ 40 mph, the airbag did not deploy

- Doylestown, PA, USA

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problem #32

Sep 152017


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Nissan Altima. While the driver was pulling into a parking space at an unknown speed, the vehicle accelerated and crashed through two iron gates. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was totaled and towed away by the insurance company. The dealer was contacted (koeppel Nissan, 74-15 northern blvd, jackson heights, NY, 877-505-6334) and stated that nothing could be done since the vehicle was totaled by the insurance company. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 51,000.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #31

Apr 012017


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the tasta Nissan where it was informed that the base of the seat needed to be replaced due to a failure of the passenger air bag sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and opened case number: 27162570 and informed the contact that at the time the manufacturer used a different air bag than the air bags on recall. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #30

Apr 032017


  • 95,500 miles
Just purchased this vehicle used and noticed on the test drive the passenger seat airbag light was lit up indicating it was off, even though someone was in the seat. Brought it to their attention, 5 minutes later they brought it back claiming it needed reset due to a sensor having something to do with a carseat. The light wasn't on with a passenger so I assumed it was fine. Now the light briefly illuminates at start up, but stays off regardless of whether or not someone is in the seat. I have seen about 20 other complaints on this issue and it is very unsafe, I now have zero faith that the airbag will even deploy. Needs to be recalled!!

- Hawthorne, FL, USA

problem #29

Jan 022017


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer diagnosed that the seat cushion sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #28

Sep 112014


  • 45,000 miles
The airbag didn't deploy when my vehicle hit another vehicle on front passenger side on speed approximately 45mph.

- Chanhassen, MN, USA

problem #27

Nov 012016


  • 70,000 miles


The airbag light on the dash came on and the airbag light doesn't go on or off regardless of if someone is in the passenger seat. In June 2016, the dealership recalibrated the system and the issue went away. Three months later, the light is back on and the dealer said the code says its a passenger sear sensor issue that requires the seat to be replaced for $850. Nissan refused to cover this issue.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #26

Jul 282016


  • 75,000 miles
While traveling at any rate of speed on freeway or city street the light for the passenger side airbag goes off and on whether someone is sitting in the seat or not.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #25

Jun 102016


  • 82,500 miles
The passenger air bag censor blinks on my dash on/off for passenger whether or not someone is in the seat or not. Last time my husband sat in the passenger seat and the censor showed passenger air bag off. Not at all safe this needs to be recalled asap before someone dies from this!!

- Fort Pierce, FM, USA

problem #24

May 022016


  • miles
The recall which recently came out for the airbag sensor in the front passenger seat needs to include 2012 Altima (not just 2013-2016). I have had this issue several times in the last year. There have been instances where I am in the front passenger seat and the airbag sensor says the airbag is off. This happens whether the car is stationary or moving.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #23

Mar 012016


  • miles
I believe the recall which came out yesterday for the airbag sensor in the front passenger seat should include 2012 Altima (not just 2013-2016). I have had this issue several times in the last 6 months or so where I may or may not have a passenger or items on my front passenger seat and my airbag indicator light in the middle of the dash board will come on at random, even when there is a full-size adult in the seat. This happens whether the car is stationary or moving.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #22

Oct 062015


  • 93,925 miles
During start up, and while driving, the air bag indicator on the dash has been blinking non stop and the passenger air bag signal shows that it is not working wit ha passenger in the vehicle. NHTSA campaign 11V408000 clearly describes these exact symptoms for this year make and model car. When I contacted Nissan of America, they said that this car does not fall under this recall, even though all of the factors are the same, they told me it was a "coincidence" that I just happened to have all the same symptoms. I absolutely will not accept that.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #21

Feb 212016


  • 105,000 miles
I was driving in the rain on 2-21-16 approaching a traffic light. The car accelerated when brake was applied, resulting in a 25 mph collision. Airbags did not deploy. I was bruised but did not require medical attention. I was cited for running the light. I am now afraid to drive the car.

- Snyder, TX, USA

problem #20

Dec 072015


  • 78,337 miles
I noticed my passenger airbag "off" indicator was illuminated and my dashboard warning light was blinking. No one was in the passenger seat at the time. I took my car in for service at the dealership and they found an error code B1018 OCS. This problem did not have an active recall. The dealership replaced the passenger side seat cushion assembly and tested the airbag system. I contacted Nissan customer care and received a case number. The agent called the dealership to get additional information about the error. The dealership felt that Nissan may cover the costs of the defect. The customer care specialist said there was nothing they could do since my car was out of warranty and was not part of a recall.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #19

Nov 012015


  • 80,304 miles
I was involved in a 4 car pile up on the highway. My airbag did not go off on impact and was about 30-40 sec. Delayed. Airbag deployed when I was unbuckling my seatbelt and getting out of the car. Most of my injuries were caused by the airbag. Car was totaled I'm making this report in case someone purchases car at auction and only replaces driver airbag hopefully they will check curtain airbags for defects as well so someone else doesn't get hurt.

- Camas, WA, USA

problem #18

Mar 172013


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Nissan Altima. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the contact's vehicle veered off the road, crashed into three trees, and flipped over. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained head, neck, back, and knee injuries that required medical attention. A police was report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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