Nissan is recalling around 123,000 Altima sedans in the US to adjust the spare tires inflation.
According to the NHTSA, Nissan recalls 123,308 Altima sedans 2013 model year as some of the vehicles might have too much or not enough air in their spare tires. If tires are inflated too mush, this could affect the tires’ structural integrity, therefore increasing the risk of crash. Until now there were no injuries or accidents reported.
The problem was discovered by a dealer and it seems that the issue was caused by a malfunctioning pressure regulator at Nissan’s Canton plant, Mississippi. The automaker will adjust the inflation as needed and if necessary the spare tires would be replaced.
During the first quarter, Nissan’s sales dropped 1.3% in the US, even if industrywide light-vehicle deliveries increased 6.4%. The best-selling model in the US in March was the Altima sedan, which took the 3rd place for the quarter after Toyota’s Camry and Honda’s new Accord sedan.
“Nissan is losing market share right now and that’s a situation Carlos Ghosn must find intolerable,” said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with Rebel Three Media & Consultants, based in Cos Cob, Connecticut. “This market is cutthroat, and manufacturers can’t afford to lose momentum, to lose time.”