NHTSA Investigates 440,000 Nissan Altimas Over Faulty Brakes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into braking issues that could affect the Nissan Altima. According to the notification posted on the NHTSA website, the investigation addresses 440,000 Altimas from model year 2007-2008.

It appears the agency has received no less than 20 complaints that refer to the brake master cylinder leakage in the subject vehicles, including 16 received since October 2010. Two complaints claim a reduction in brake effectiveness.

In the remaining 18 complaints, the only reported symptom was illumination of the brake warning lamp. Of these, 17 complaints stated that a Nissan Dealer diagnosed the problem as a leak in the brake master cylinder, including several that indicated brake fluid leaked into the brake booster assembly.

In July 2008, Nissan recalled approximately 169,000 model year 2007-2008 Nissan Sentra vehicles manufactured from start of model year 2007 production through February 22, 2008, to address a defect in the brake master cylinder that could result in brake fluid slowly leaking from the master cylinder into the brake booster assembly.

In October 2009, Nissan expanded the scope of the Sentra recall by adding an additional 10,586 model year 2008 vehicles manufactured from February 23, 2008 through April 18, 2008. A preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect.

"Nissan is committed to customer safety and the quick, effective resolution of safety issues and will work closely with NHTSA to investigate this issue. While we are aware of several customer complaints made directly to NHTSA related to this issue, we are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this investigation,"
stated Nissan spokesman Colin Price.
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