Notes: The 2014 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 Altima, prompting us to give it our "beware of this clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about a whining noise from the power steering pump and a concerning amount vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,580 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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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 212016


  • 66,000 miles


I am contacting you over repeated issues with my 2014 Nissan Altima sl. This is my second complaint filed to NHTSA for this vehicle's airbag. As you are aware, a recall was issued and has been performed on my vehicle. My issue is that the passenger seat won't arm the airbag if my wife sits in the seat. I have multiple videos of this issue. My most recent visit to my Nissan dealer resulted in them stating they couldn't fix anything as they couldn't pull an error code. The very next day, the issue happened again with my wife in the passenger seat and again I recorded it. I opened a complaint with Nissan corporate. After a frustrating phone call this evening, and a lot of ambitious double talk on Nissan's part, the Nissan representative said that the issue was that my wife was too lite. My wife weighs between 103 and 108 pounds as she fluctuates a bit. She stands 5 foot 3 inches tall. The Nissan representative, delisa said that Nissan doesn't recommend anyone under 4 feet 9 inches or less than 120 lbs in the passenger seat. This was never told to me two years ago when I was looking at purchasing the car, or through any of the 6-8 service tickets I have opened regarding this issue with multiple different fixes attempted. ( I can get the exact number as soon as my dealer provides the requested information.) I would have never bought the car knowing my wife couldn't ride in the front passenger seat. I asked for this in writing from the Nissan representative but she said she could not provide that. She said it was only for their internal records. I pressed her on the fact that they were saying my wife couldn't sit in the front seat. Her reply was that she didn't say that, only that Nissan doesn't recommend someone less than 120 pounds in the passenger seat. Is it possible to be contacted by the NHTSA to clarify what Nissan is saying and if it is accurate?

- Amelia, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 182016


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving 25 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal abruptly and the front driver's seat lunged forward and completely detached. The contact's face struck the steering wheel. The contact did not sustain injuries. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the seat was not bolted to the floor of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 052015


  • 10,000 miles
The pass. Side air bag off light do not all ways turn off when someone is setting in pass. Seat. Nissan last year had a recall for this problem, they reloaded the OCS software for this problem. I have had 3 problem so far sense the recall. Most of the time there is no one but me in the car so I do not have a idea of how often it could had fail if someone was in the pass. Seat with every trip. I have only taken the car once to the dealer for this problem because the first time I did not think anything about it. The second time I took it to the dealer and after checking it out, they told me that there was noting they could or would do because they had no failure and that Nissan will not let them replace any parts unless there is a failure as Nissan will not pay for the item. Open ref.# 19611123 with Nissan and was told about the same thin, except Nissan said that it was the dealer call but they would not pay for no failure part replacement. I believe is a safety problem and someone with power should look into it, do to the fact there have already been a recall for this problem. No one I talk to at the dealer or on the phone to Nissan would or could do anything about it. The internet has many write up about this problem that no one will do anything about. I guess they are waiting for someone to be badly injured or killed to take the problem serious.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 262014


  • 900 miles
The front passenger air bag lite stays on while the passenger is seated.indicating the air bag is in-operative. The dealer performed updates, both software and hardware. The problem was never fixed ! after demanding a factory engineer to inspect the car, the result was: Some of these cars, this failure will happen, and there is nothing that can be done" his recommendation was, drive to the side of the road, turn off the car and re-start the car and the "computer" will be reset ! now in excess of 4500 miles, it still fails !

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 272015


  • 14,000 miles
[xxx] January 31, 2015 dear sir: I bought my Nissan, 2014 Altima, in May 2014. I have sciatic nerve pain that originates from my lower back and runs down my legs sometimes causing me to fidget in my seat while driving. On four separate occasions, while trying to get comfortable in the driver seat, the outside of my knee has inadvertently come in contact with the overdrive off switch located on the inside potion of the shift handle on the center console. When the overdrive off button is engaged, I experience a sudden loss in power and the engine seems to convulse and shudder. I immediately pull over, usually in heavy traffic, to try to get out of this mode. Luckily, this has not happened to me while I was on the highway, but rather at about 35 mph in heavy traffic conditions. I find it to be an extremely dangerous situation which luckily has not led to any traffic accidents. I see absolutely no need or any situation where I would ever use this system and therefore see no reason to equip the car with this feature. Every time I do this, I feel I am doing damage to the engine or perhaps leading to some huge expensive repair bill down the road. At the very least, the button should have been placed in a position where it cannot be inadvertently pushed. It should have been placed in a spot where you would have to intentionally access it. I find it to be a safety hazard and a concern for doing expensive damage to the vehicle. Sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Scarborough, ME, USA

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