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).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,027 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.

2014 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #11

Jun 202014


  • 3,500 miles


Recently after getting the S/w updated for the recall to fix the passenger air bag issue, I started noticing that the air bag indicator for both driver and passenger are red for longer time than other dash lights during the start of the engine. Usually, after starting the engine, all the dash light would come and within couple of seconds, lights/indicators in the dash would go from red to off indicating that everything is normal. But off late, I noticed that only the air bag indicator is going off by at least 3+ seconds, which in turn in sync with the passenger air bag. I'm kind of worried that the air bag safety system is not functioning properly. Please advise any further action to get proper attention from the dealer. Thanks

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #10

May 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,333 miles
On the way to get a cup of coffee (less than one mile from my home) a car started coming into my lane. I swerved slightly to avoid a collision and my car went into the ditch and hit a telephone pole. Over $22,000 in damage. Radiator bent into an "L" shape. Side frames and engine went into the firewall, which totaled the car completely. I have spoken with Nissan Corp. Air bag safety engineer, dealership owner, general manager, sales manager and they will not do anything about this $22,000 damage to the front end and none of the airbags deployed. Officer said driver airbag and side curtain and in seat airbags should have also deployed. They didn't and I was almost killed. The car was only 2 months old, no modifications, and very low miles. Kiro7 tv in seattle even did two stories on the crash and airbags not working and that Nissan had only recalled passenger airbags, not driver side airbags...updated 07/16/14

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #9

May 242014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,312 miles
Car coming into my lane, swerved right a few inches, car sucked into ditch, launched into telephone pole, put out power for 2 miles. Airbag (driver's) did not deploy. Bent radiator into "L" shape, sent front frame and engine into firewall. Airbag should have deployed regardless of anything. Poor manufacturing, late recalls not made to consumerrs.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #8

May 282014


  • 7,071 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system), however the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The failure and current mileage was 7,071.

- Sneedville, TN, USA

problem #7

Apr 122014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 16 miles
Vehicle sold and warranted to first lessee by authorized dealer not subject to recall. Upon inspection, possible passenger warning light defects observed. Lessee demanded cancellation of transaction.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

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problem #6

Feb 052014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
Airbag light showing that the passenger side airbags are off intermittently comes on while an adult passenger is seated in the car and vehicle is moving.

- Washington Crossing, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 082014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 150 miles


New purchased 2014 Nissan Altima sv 2.5 with cloth interior experiences 'passenger air-bag off' light illuminating with 132 pound 5 foot 7 inch adult female occupant in passenger seat. Light displays with occupant sitting in normal straight position with feet square on floor, back centered on backrest, and arms to her sides. Problem replicates during successive trips on same and different days. Returned vehicle to dealership at approximately 150 miles. Dealership performed diagnostics demonstrating no problems detected within fault codes and verified seat installed correctly. Case opened with Nissan customer service and vehicle returned with 386 miles on odometer for Nissan field engineer testing. Service documentation from testing states removed seat and checked for OCS C/V and strain sensor lot numbers, harnesses and connectors checked, re-torqued seat frame to floor pan per esm SE-31, performed zero point reset, and confirmed OCS switching rates. All information determined proper with no defects found. Problem replicated in second 2014 Altima sv with same adult female (utilizing dealership provided 2014 Altima with same trim levels as loan during engineering test). Nissan customer service states problem is closed with no defect found. No further reviews will be conducted. All attempts requesting additional assistance have failed to date.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 032014


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the front passenger air bag warning light remained illuminated while the passenger was in the front seat and sometime the air bag warning light indicated that the air bag was turned off. The dealer replaced the air bag sensor module and the computer was also replaced; however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 300 and the current mileage was 62,096.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #3

Feb 152014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
Problem is, my girlfriend weight 110lb. Lot of time when she sits on the passenger side, the airbag indicator tells us the airbag is off. This problems only happened when I picked up my car on the street next to curbs. Design of roads is, the center is higher than the sides. Because of that, when I park on the right of the streets next to the curbs, the left side of the car is higher than the right side. So when my girlfriend sits on the passenger side, her weight doesnt goes to the center of the seat. But if the car is on surface level such as in a garage, and she get in the car, we have no airbag issue.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Immediately after starting the car, with a passenger in the front seat, the passenger air bag off light came on. I drove for about 15 minutes and got up to 60mph before it finally shut off. This happened more than once, the above date is the last time it happened though.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 292013


  • 400 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, another vehicle crash into the driver's side of the vehicle. None of the air bags deployed. The driver sustained a separated hip. The two rear passenger sustained injuries to the back, spine and whiplash injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and sent an engineer to further investigate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 400.

- Rio Rancho , NM, USA

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