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Nissan Recalls Models with Bad Chinese Parts

Some 2009-2010 Altima and Maxima models have defective Chinese-made strut insulators, possibly affecting stability.

by on Sep.21, 2009

It steers better when the front struts stay attached.

It steers better if the front struts are attached.

Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling  2009 and 2010 Altima and Maxima passenger cars because of a defective Chinese-made part. More than 26,000 vehicles are involved at this time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the upper front strut insulators may have been manufactured out of specification, resulting in a potential for the strut insulator to crack.

If the strut insulator is cracked, the strut rod to come out of its correct mounting position, which could affect vehicle stability and increase the risk of a crash.

If this were to occur, according to Nissan, the strut rod would begin to make a loud noise the driver would hear. Under normal driving conditions, the suspension remains intact as the strut spring is contained within the body strut-tower housing and the strut rod would remain within the inner diameter of the strut spring, so the vehicle operation is “not degraded.”

However, under certain “extreme driving conditions,” there is some potential for the strut rod to come out of its mounting position, which could affect vehicle operation and increase the risk of a crash.

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