Recall Alert: 150 Nissan Models At Risk of Crash Due to Faulty Rear Windows

Nissans are pretty well-known for their reliability, however, failures can happen from time to time. A recall was recently announced concerning 150 different Nissan models regarding faulty rear windows. While this recall issue might seem innocuous to some, it’s still a cause for concern as it could raise the risk of an accident.

Which Nissan models are involved in the recall?

The Japanese automaker is currently recalling 150 different Altima, Maxima, and Leaf models from the 2020 model year. According to multiple sources, including, no other models or older model years are affected by the recall.

What is the recall about?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall is concerning the rear window glass “may not remain properly secured to the vehicle,” which could increase the risk of an accident while driving. There is nothing more specific mentioned regarding what exactly happens when the rear window glass doesn’t remain properly secured, however, we think that it could somehow result in the rear windows suddenly falling.

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The Nissan Altima Edition ONE is a limited production launch edition of the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima sedan. The Edition ONE is based on the top-of-the-line Altima Platinum VC-Turbo, which includes leather-appointed seating, Bose premium audio system, moonroof, the advanced variable compression turbocharged engine and ProPILOT Assist, an advanced single-lane “hands-on” driving assistance technology.

What is Nissan going to do about it?

Nissan will begin notifying Altima, Maxima, and Leaf owners starting on November 4, 2020. For the cars that are affected by this recall, the Nissan dealers will replace the rear window glass free of charge.

What can owners of these specific Nissan models do in the meantime?

In case you own one of these models and what to find out if your car is affected by the recall, you can call NHTSA’s safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit the website to check your car’s VIN and see if it qualifies under the recall.

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Not the worst recall, but it’s still serious

The good news about this recall is that there are only 150 models currently at risk across all three nameplates. Comparing this recall to the one issued back in July for the Nissan Leaf regarding a faulty back-up camera, it seems that the Leaf is having its fair share of visibility issues. Or even worse, Nissan recalled over 1.8 million Altimas made from 2016 to 2018 regarding faulty hood latches that could cause the hood to open while driving.

That’s a pretty serious issue, but we’re not saying that this rear-window recall is any less of a serious issue, in fact, we urge all Nissan Altima, Maxima, and Leaf owners to remember to get their cars checked regarding the issue as soon as they can. Although some recalls might seem less extreme than others, the risk of accidents happening is real and it’s not something that you would want to experience.

However, if you do experience your rear windows failing, remember to schedule an appointment with your Nissan dealer right away, as they will be able to fix it free of charge. There is a reason that manufacturers issue recalls, so it’s not something that you necessarily would want to put off.