The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2002 Nissan Altima, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRES

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02078

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Emission Control:Catalytic Convertor

    Summary: Allege that the engine compartment catches fire without warning while driving