Japanese automaker Nissan has announced a recall of more than 123,000 new Altima sedans, because of a possible blowout risk from a defective spare tire which could increase the risk of a rollover accident. The recall is expected to include more than 123,000 new Altima sedans of the 2013 model year. The company is aware of at least one incident, in which a spare tire was fitted onto the Altima and suffered a blowout. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump was responsible for poor inflation of the spare tires.
The tires were either overinflated or under-inflated. As a result, some of the tires may blow out, especially when the temperature in the trunk rises to high levels. This is especially true in the case of those tires that are already overinflated.
The problem was only discovered by one of the owners of the Altima sedans when he took the car to the dealership. The company has already traced the problem to a defective tire pressure regulator at its Mississippi plant. The company says that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this defective tire.
The company is asking all owners of the new Altima to take the car back to the dealership, so that the spare tires can be inspected. The company has assured consumers that all damaged tires will be replaced. A defective tire or an under-inflated tire can increase the risk of a rollover accident. A tire blowout can occur even when a person is going at moderate speeds, and can result in a rollover accident that ends in catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
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