really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,301 miles

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problem #39

Aug 022015


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on several occasions and the ABS and vdc warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle restarted after the vehicle was jumpstarted; however, the failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake light switch was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #38

Jun 012015

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I have a 2010 Altima that has the same safety problem as has been reported on this web site and many other automotive complaint web sites many, many times (not only for this Nissan product but various Nissan products of earlier years). Namely, the switch that operates the brake lights fails intermittently. When it fails the brake lights won't illuminate when the driver steps on the brake. This is a rear end collision waiting to happen! does the NHTSA have to wait until someone is killed before requiring a manufacturer to fix a defect that both the manufacturer and NHTSA knew about for several years" to make matters worse, when the switch fails the anti-lock braking and traction control systems are disabled posing an additional safety risk. To make matter worse, when the switch fails the car won't start. Would you like to be stuck in a dark, deserted area at 2 O'clock in the morning when your car decided not to start" as I said before, the manufacturer has known about this problem for years. In response to the deluge of customer complaints, in November of 2010 Nissan acknowledged the defect by issuing a tsb (ntb10-139) to fix the problem. It involves a different stop lamp switch and a new electrical harness. The cost to implement the tsb is borne by the customer. My dealer wants $579 to do this! in response to an overwhelming number of complaints about a serious safety issue it is time for the NHTSA to act before someone gets killed. Nissan should be required to implement tsb ntb10-139 in all Nissan products that contain the defective brake light switch at no cost to the customer. Updated 9/28/15 updated 3/23/2016 updated 12/5/2017

- Valley Cottage, NY, USA

problem #37

May 152015


  • 55,600 miles
On several occasions the vehicle has failed to start when the brake was depressed. At the present time the ABS light, slip and vdc are now illuminated after driving the car for a few minutes. It is my understanding that this is supposed to blink if there is a problem driving in wet road conditions or it is slippery. I have read numerous complaints from other owners having the same issue with the car not starting. It takes several tries in order to get the car to turnover and start. I believe that Nissan needs to investigate this issue further and issue a recall for these vehicles.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #36

Jul 152011

Altima 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
This specially ordered Altima coupe 3.5 would not start on several occasions, beginning only a year or so after it was delivered to me from the factory. Each time, the brake pedal was next to impossible to depress, and the car made clicking sounds when the start push button was pressed. Several jump starts after the first time this happened, on a Sunday, I decided to try replacing the battery. Because Nissan's service center were not open in my area, I purchased a new battery from a retail store. When I phoned Nissan's service center the following Monday, I was told that because I did not bring the vehicle to them (they wanted the entire car, not just the battery, even though the Nissan shop was closed), I was not entitled to a prorated refund on the old battery. Approximately 1 1/2 - 2 years later, the same problem began to happen again. After driving the vehicle for over an hour in an attempt to recharge the battery, I swung by a Nissan dealer, who tested the new battery and advised that it was at about 40%. I was instructed to turn everything off, including the automatic headlights, because "all the bells and whistles drain the battery." What's the point in having automatic headlights if I have to shut them off? I have never had this problem with a vehicle before, and batteries should last longer than this, especially in a brand new car. When this first began occurring, the car had approximately 20,000 miles on it. At this time, this car has less than 35,000 miles on it. The Nissan dealer who tested the battery told me this is a common problem with this model (and I see similar complaints on this website), but that Nissan is not doing anything about it.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #35

Jan 062015


  • 26,000 miles
Purchased used car from infiniti dealer in fort myers Florida. Three days later I was unable to get a gas gauge reading and the car would not start. I waited a minute and the car started. This has happened 6 times out of the 10 days I have owned the car. I am reading other complaints and found that other owners of the 2010 Altima are having the same problem with the car not starting281. I think a car with 26,000 miles should start without a problem.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #34

Dec 162014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 42,657 miles
The car failed to start because the brake switch and the entire harness sub failed. I had to tow away the car to the nearest Nissan showroom and was charged $440 to replace harness-sub, switch assy sto, band hose plus labor. Ps: this is a known problem but Nissan wont refund my money. How can a vehicle just under 50K fail for such a thing if not for a bad factory harness.

- Slat Lake City, UT, USA

problem #33

Dec 182014


  • miles
My 2010 Altima had been going dead for the last 3 days. I have to get a jump a jump in the am for work and after work when I leave. I took the vehicle to an auto parts store to test the battery and was told the battery was efficient so I am puzzled as to why this has been happening. I was told it may be the alternator. Today my car wouldn't start or even take a jump from another vehicle so I was left stuck. I believe here should be a recall on this make N model for these electrical issues or at least a discount on alternator replacements at the dealership.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #32

Nov 282014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Problem with battery going dead, I have read there is a fault in the BCM not being programmed properly.

- Becker, MN, USA

problem #31

Oct 302014


  • 67,500 miles
I have read numerous accounts of the Nissan Altima being unable to start when the required brake/start button is used. I am having the same problem. When the brake is applied and the start button pushed, the acc light comes on then, if pushed again, the on light comes on (over the start button). Then when pushed again, the system shuts off. By trying several times and pumping the brake, the car will eventually start. Since this has been reported numerous times, there is obviously a defect in the car's parts/system. There should be a recall to have Nissan replace the faulty parts free of charge.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #30

Oct 172014


  • 20,000 miles
Norfolk, Virginia - my 2010 Nissan Altima with push button start failed to start. All other electrical seemed fine. I had just previously noticed the ABS, vdc and slip warning lit while driving. After checking fuses, key fob batteries, etc. I attempted to pump the brakes several times and it finally started. Drove immediately to the dealer where I was told it was the brake lamp switch and harness which must be replaced at a cost of $550. He seemed to know with out of even looking what the problem was. When I questioned him about such an expensive switch, he only said "this happens a lot with this model." This should be recalled and fixed at Nissan's expense.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #29

Jan 012013


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. After the push to start button was installed, the vehicle would not restart after being driven after approximately 15 minutes. The contact mentioned that the vds, slip, and brake warning indicators illuminated. When attempting to depress the brake pedal in order to start the vehicle, the brake pedal was almost impossible to depress. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the technician stated that the brake switch was defective, which prevented the vehicle from starting. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #28

Sep 282014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2010 Nissan Altima is not able to start due to the push button ignition. It is having the same issue as the 2009 Nissan maxima's and Altima are having, which is the electronic steering column lock (escl). Nissan has issued a warranty extension for this issue for the 2009 model but not for the 2010 and other Altima models that are having the same issue. I believe that Nissan should extend it coverage to this vital part due to the cost being over $700 to replace and the fact that without this part, the car cannot function at all.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #27

Sep 062014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Nissan Altima 2010 (~25K miles so far) would not start upon press the start button, so the car is immobilized. Walked away, came back 15 minutes, and by chance, it started. This happen several times for the past 2 months. The last try, no such luck when attempt to start the car. Check the car battery was at 45%. so I charged the battery to 100% and still no luck starting the car. Call nissanassist and recommended the car be towed to Nissan authorized service center. I did and their diagnosis ($119) are a bad brake switch/wiring harness combo issue and cost about over $600. The car is now out of warranty. The local service manager said "off the record", this known defective brake switch will not allow the car to start, also it is consuming the battery electrical current and over time. This continuous bleeding of current will heat up the wire harness/connectors due to the car starting and its security features, and thus eventually draining your car battery and damaging the wire harness. That is why you will have a dead battery over time of 1-2 weeks. This is a money making proposition for Nissan corporation and the local service person mentioned about a rash of bad switch occurrences last year (2013). In short, if you don't use the Nissan service department for your car and spend $$$ with them, the nissanassist won't help you defray the cost for the car defective as you did not "invest" with them.so NHTSA, people won't die with this defective, but will cause many inconveniences with dead cars at various locations where drivers turn off their cars and frustrated on attempting to start their cars. This is the same problem noted on Nissan blog and websites by frustrated Nissan Altima owners. In summary, can NHTSA investigated and force Nissan to issue a recall for this recurring problem as no one die yet? yes, no one will die from this.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 012013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
When you try to start vehicle you push on brake pedal, but the pedal doesn't go down 1/16 of an inch. The brake lights wont even come on. If you push the start button it will only go to the accessory then off. When I asked service manager at nelson Nissan in broken arrow, ok and I quote "he said you had to have key on before brake lights would come on"... I am like really!!! the brake lights umm no they should come on anytime you push the brake if the key is on or not. Please help us american's and other hard working tax paying people get our cars fixed. We paid good hard earned money for them and now all we have in a lemon in are garage. Thanks so much for you time, god bless you! and god bless America!!!

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #25

Sep 052014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 74,400 miles
The car will not start, steering lock malfunction.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #24

Aug 122014


  • 26,000 miles
The brake couldn't be pressed so the push button start wouldn't work. Also, the ABS & vdc lights stay on even while driving(sometimes). You never know when its going to happen. I have been late to work, unable to take the kids to school, and afraid to drive my own car that I used to love, in fear of not being able to start the darn thing!! I see a lot of customers have had this same type of issue. Is there any kind of recall?

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 042014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 18,047 miles
Car had intermittent no start condition and intermittent brake light outage. Mechanic replaced faulty original stop lamp switch 25320-ax00C(N).

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #22

Jun 212010


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the push-to-start button failed to respond. The contact also stated that the ABS and the slp warning lights illuminated. The vehicle would start after multiple attempts or the vehicle would have to receive a jump start to the battery from another vehicle in order to start properly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing and the mechanic stated that the brake and the park light switch failed. As a result the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jun 172014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
My car wouldn't start when I pushed the push button start and pressed on the brake pedal. Later that day the car started. I had it checked and the dealer said if it happened again to have it towed.yesterday the car wouldn't start again when I pressed the brake pedal and pushed the start button. After repeated attempts to get the brake pedal to start the car, it started. It is going to the dealer to be checked. The starting mechanism is poor and unreliable.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 212014


  • 27,400 miles
My 2010 Altima has a push start ignition last month while visiting in pa the brake light, vdc, and slip light came on and remains on. We stopped and then the car failed to restart. We were able to get back home to NY and I took it to my local dealer where they ran a diagnostic test result was a bad brake light switch. Which completes the circuit from the brake to the push start button to allow the car to start. I researched on line and found a few different forums one being nissanclub.com where I found a number of ppl with the same issue. I contacted Nissan customer affairs and got nowhere. I was wondering how many ppl with the same issue are needed for an issue like this to be considered a recall because with that being a damaged part there is no other way to start the car.

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

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