10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,140 miles

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problem #116

Aug 192019

Altima

  • 120,000 miles
The rear suspension on our vehicle detached unexpectedly and without warning while we were driving. The vehicle was driving straight on a city street. Thankfully no one was injured. Once the vehicle no longer in motion it was apparent that the rear control arm / rear suspension had detached from excessive rusted. The vehicle is a 2013 with no outer body rust. It seems like this could be a defect as well as a significant safety issue.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #115

Aug 022019

Altima

  • 77,050 miles
I was just getting on the highway when I almost lost control of the car. I was doing about 35mph and rapidly increasing to highway speed. The steering wheel started shaking violently and I had all I could do to pull off to the shoulder. Had this happened a minute later while I was driving on the highway, I seriously believe I would not have survived. Quite frankly I doubt I would have been able to avoid a crash or rollover. Aaa towed the car to my Nissan dealership. They said the driver side rear control arm snapped in half at the welds and broke free. The rear passenger side control arm was also severely damaged with cracks at the welds. While I was taken aback by the severity of the problem the service manager was totally unconcerned saying they have had to replace a number of these. The car had just been inspected by the dealer weeks before. It has never been in an accident. It is garage kept and well maintained. I filed an official complaint with Nissan on August 19, 2019.

- Woolwich, ME, USA

problem #114

Aug 162019

Altima

  • 69,306 miles
Took my car in for shocks and discovered the lower cotrol arm on both sides were severly rusted. Almost to the breaking point.only 69306 miles on the car. I was told that they could have failed at any time while driving.

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

problem #113

Aug 162019

Altima

  • 100,000 miles
Driving on the highway control arm broke couldn't control car

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #112

Jul 122019

Altima

  • 120,000 miles
My husband was driving in a parking lot at about 5-10 mph, and went through a pothole. He heard a loud noise and felt the car dip. He looked under the car and saw that it was detached from the frame and the rear wheel was at an angle. He took it to the Nissan dealership where it was inspected and repaired for approximately $1300. The rear control arm had broken completely. I checked for recalls and found there were none, but I also found there were multiple complaints on this website for the exact same issue for the rear control arm breaking suddenly, which signifies to me that there is an issue with the control arms in this model car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #111

Aug 042019

Altima

  • 86,000 miles
2013 Altima with 86,000 miles. The lower rear passenger control arm cracked and broke off the mount. This happened while driving ~30mph. This happened while driving straight. The rear end of the car swerved pretty severely during the incident. I had three kids in the back speed so this is a huge safety issue. If this happened at higher highway speeds it's quite a dangerous situation. I was lucky this happened at slow speeds as this is a mostly highway car.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #110

Sep 152018

Altima

  • miles
When entering the freeway I began to gain speed to merge from the ramp and as I did so, I noticed I had minimal control of the car. There was a lot of on coming cars that had to brake abruptly as to not rear end my car. I pulled over to the side of freeway to check and noticed the back driver tire looked to be no longer attached. After getting my Nissan back to the town I live in and to a repair shop they informed me it was a break in my control arm and that it appered it had "rusted off" they showed me the other side of vehicle and it was also about to snap due to being rusted.

- Plainwell, MI, USA

problem #109

Jul 022019

Altima

  • 99,000 miles
2013 Nissan Altima 4 door: I was driving the vehicle on a city street about 40 mph and heard this loud crunching noise and the vehicle started fish tailing. I parked the vehicle and had it looked at and the control arm in the back on the passenger side had completely snapped. I had to order a new one and also another for the other side because I heard if you replace one you should replace the other.

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #108

Mar 012019

Altima

  • 100,000 miles
Takata recall. When driving the car and make a right turn the car appear to drag. At this point I have to move my feet off the accelerator. Turn the wheel straight and slowly press the gas. Never happen until I make a turn.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #107

Aug 012019

Altima

  • 105,000 miles
The entire rear control arm rusted and snapped. Could have caused serious harm to my family. This is only a 6 year old car and should not be rusted like this. I was driving down road heard a snap and car started to wiggle got home and it barely made it up the drive while dragging the tire.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

problem #106

Jul 242019

Altima

  • 110,000 miles
I was driving through a parking lot when I heard a loud clunk noise and the car felt like it wasn┐T driving right so I pulled over and noticed the back passenger tire was caved inward. I looked under the car and the control arm that attached the tire to car was completely severed due to corrosion

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #105

Jun 052019

Altima

  • 67,035 miles
Backing up in parking lot, hit curb at minimal speed and felt and heard loud sound. Car listed when driving forward. Problem not apparent initially, so drove car home. The following day it was apparent that the rear right control arm and coil spring had broken. (see photos). The car had 67,000 miles at the time. Regular service at Nissan dealer never indicated any rust or other problems. I feel fortunate that the control arm did not break while driving at highway speed. Cost to replace both right and left control arms over $2000. I feel at the minimum Nissan should be required to inspect the control arms. The car is garaged in Connecticut, washed regularly, and not driven for 6-8 weeks during the winter months while residing in warmer climate.

- Haddam, CT, USA

problem #104

Jul 152019

Altima

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, a clunking type noise was present coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who discovered that both the driver and passenger side rear control arms had cracked due to corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. Dorschel Nissan (3817 w. henrietta rd, rochester, NY) was notified of the failure, but no assistance was offered. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #103

Jul 152019

Altima

  • 66,125 miles
Car was in motion approximately 30 mph. A small bump was hit in the road and the car started to fishtail slightly. I pulled off to the side of the road to inspect the car and determined I would be able to make it home (less than 1 mile away) going at a slow ~10 mph speed. The passenger side rear lower control arm had fractured towards the center of the car upon inspecting the vehicle further in my driveway. The wheel was close to the top of the wheel well (~2-3 inches) and was at a slight inward angle. The following day the car was towed and the rear passenger side lower control arm was replaced under the dealer extended warranty. The driver side lower control arm was not replaced under the dealer warranty as it had not shown immediate signs of failure. Had the warranty not covered it, the parts and labor would have totaled around $800. The vehicle had 66,125 miles when it entered the dealer.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #102

Jul 122019

Altima

  • 84,000 miles
I began noticing a loud cracking noise which seemed to originate from the rear of the car whenever the rear wheels would go over sharp bumps. I had the dealer take a look and I have a cracked control arm.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #101

Jun 242019

Altima

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 35 mph, the lower control arm fractured. The vehicle veered to the right and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The contact stated that the body of the vehicle would not comply with any turn and the frame stayed to the right. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that a new lower control arm was needed and scheduled to be installed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure by the mechanic. The manufacturer stated that they may issue a recall for the failure in the future. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 126,000.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #100

Jul 102019

Altima

  • 120,000 miles
I was backing out of my driveway about 5mph and heard a loud thud, as if I ran something over, looked under my car and the rear wheel control arm had come detached and was broken. I called the Nissan dealer who said both control arms need replaced because the other one is cracked. I started researching as I found this odd to happen in a 2013 vehicle & found more than 347,000 cars may have this same problem. This is a serious issue and all vehicles need recalled as this could lead to the driver losing complete control of their vehicle and possible death. I am grateful my 18 yr old son who is a new driver was not on the turnpike when these decided to give out and that I was just backing out of my driveway. Not only is it a safety hazard but when this happens it could also lead to thousands of dollars of additional damage if you are actually in motion with the vehicle. As I am in need of a vehicle I have to pay for these to be fixed which I was just quoted a whopping $2,100. Shame on Nissan!! someone is going to die if the control arms of the 2013 Nissan Altima do not get recalled and these vehicles are left on the road without the repairs needed.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #99

Jun 232019

Altima

  • 85,000 miles
When entering the highway on the coronado bridge at low speed the rear left control arm broke and left the car immovable. A tow was required and police for traffic control. Upon further inspection the right side lower control arm was cracked and ready to fail also. There was not any previous correspondence from Nissan warning of the possible failure and no reason to expect this to happen with a 2013 car with 85000 miles.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #98

Jul 072019

Altima

  • 100,350 miles
I was driving in a roundabout, when all of a sudden I heard a loud snap coming from rear, drivers side wheel. I started losing control of the the vehicle but was luckily able to make it to a side street where I pulled over. I noticed the rear wheel was tilted a bit sideways, and had it towed to a mechanic near by. The diagnosis was a broken control arm.

- Shavertown, PA, USA

problem #97

Jun 262019

Altima

  • 83,296 miles
During safety inspection, the passenger side rear control arm was discovered to be cracked. The wheel was about to fall off the car. Pictures (attached) show severe corrosion around the weld seams and knuckle crevices. I kept the parts for further inspection. Noted that there is an open investigation with NHTSA in regards to this failure.

- Huntington, NY, USA

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