2021 Nissan Altima Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Steering and visibility issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Sedans might not be as popular these days, but that doesn’t stop users from buying the 2021 Nissan Altima. The automaker encourages people to get behind the wheel by telling them to “commit to the drive.” However, those that have already driven the Altima have plenty of complaints, mainly about the steering and visibility.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2021 Nissan Altima

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Service Brakes
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Electrical System
Unknown Or Other
Back Over Prevention: Warnings
Forward Collision Avoidance

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Problems with the Steering

The average driver can quickly tell that something is wrong with the Altima’s steering system, causing it to handle poorly.

Even auto publications have spoken out about it, with Edmunds saying, “Steering lacks road feel and can be slow to respond.”

It turns out that handling issues are something that Nissan has dealt with a lot over the past few years. In fact, the 2020 Altima had a major recall related to the tires. NHTSA Campaign Number #20V685000 states that the tires were over cured, which results in the sidewall breaking. When this happens, the air can escape suddenly, leading to a loss of control and an accident. While Nissan wants users to “commit to the drive,” the car itself can’t seem to follow through.

Problems with the Visibility

Seeing clearly out the windshield is vital to staying safe on the road. Yet, the 2021 Nissan Altima has massive visibility issues, which could lead to an accident.

Here’s another comment from Edmunds. “Poor outward visibility due to thick roof pillars and low-res rear camera.”

Again, auto glass and visibility hasn’t been a strong suit for Nissan recently. Look at this recall from the 2020 Altima models. NHTSA Campaign Number 20V570000 states that the rear window glass can separate from the vehicle because it wasn’t properly secured to the vehicle. With the way things are going, it won’t be long before there are recalls or class action lawsuits about the 2021 Altima models too. Instead of committing to the drive, maybe Nissan should commit to finding better designers and engineers that can create a vehicle without dangerous faults.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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