Check your tires! If you have the Nissan Titan or Nissan Altima, then you may face tire sidewall issues. One or more of the tires on your Nissan vehicle may be at risk of blowing during traffic. See if your model is affected.
Nissan Titan and Altima recall
According to Cars.com, Nissan is issuing a recall for about 127,000 trucks and cars that are equipped with Continental brand tires. The affected vehicles include Nissan Titan models from 2018 – 2021 and 2018 – 2020 Nissan Altima sedans.
On the vehicles, it’s possible that one or more of the tires may have been cured too long during the manufacturing process. This is when pressure is applied to the rubber to provide the final shape and tread pattern.
As a result, the tires may develop a break in the sidewall, leading to the sudden loss of air or belt edge separation. This may cause the tread or belt to separate in traffic, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries.
What if your Titan or Altima is at risk?
Nissan will begin notifying owners at risk around April 28. But that’s over a month from now! You can see if your tires are at risk by calling Nissan at 800-867-7669.
You can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website here to enter your vehicle identification number (VIN).
You can take your Nissan Titan or Nissan Altima to a dealership to be inspected. If the tires need to be replaced, they will be for free. You can go to any Nissan dealership. You don’t have to return to the same place where you purchased your vehicle.
We recommend scheduling a maintenance appointment in advance. This way, you can be in and out without waiting for an available service appointment. Also, ask about what Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions they are taking to keep consumers and workers safe. You might need a mask.
Wasn’t there another Continental tire recall?
Yes, toward the end of February, Continental Tire issued a recall for about 93,959 Continental, General, and Barum brand tires. These tires faced the same sidewall separation issue due to being cured too long in the Mt. Vernon Illinois plant before being shipped to auto manufacturers and aftermarket businesses.
This means that the Nissan Titan and Altima may not be the only vehicles at risk. For example, General Motors praises Continental Tire for its performance quality and innovation. GM models include the Chevy Silverado, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and more.
It’s possible that General Motors vehicles are at risk, but Continental Tire will begin notifying vehicle manufacturers and vehicle owners who are at risk on April 5. You can also learn more by calling the Continental Tire customer service line at 1-888-799-2168.
You can see if your Nissan Altima or Titan tires are at risk by placing a penny into the tread grooves in your tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to replace your worn-out tires.
Pay extra attention to the sidewalls of your tires. If they have cracks or grooves that you can see, then they may develop leaks. Also, bludges and blisters indicate the need for immediate service as they could lead to blowouts.