Rust and corrosion in your Nissan floor pans?
Is the floorboard in your Nissan rusting and corroding? Are there holes in your Nissan floorboards? Call toll-free at 619-233-7770 or click on the “free evaluation” at the bottom of this page to get a free consultation with our auto defect lawyers about your potential claims.
According to CNBC, over 400 complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) about 2002-2006 model year Nissan vehicles that have rusted from the inside out, causing the floorboards to erode and peel away from the undercarriage of the vehicles. For some Nissan owners, severe corrosion has left gaping holes as large as 20” right beneath their feet, as reported by Consumerist.
Vehicle design linked to rusty Altima floorboards
According to Consumerist and CNBC, the rusting floorboards may be the result of the flooring pan design in the Altima, which may prevent water from properly draining and cause the floorboards to rust from the inside out. Although many of the consumer complaints filed with the NHTSA are from cold-weather states, consumers from across the country have reported problems, CBS Miami reports. Consumers have complained about floorboard rust and corrosion as early as 70,000 miles, according to CBS Boston.
Nissan: ‘this issue is not considered a safety defect’
KSHB local news in Kansas City has reported that rusted holes can pose a myriad of safety threats, including:
- Pollution of the interior of the vehicle from carbon monoxide and other exhaust fumes;
- Drivers’ and passengers’ feet getting stuck in the floorboards; and
- A lack of adequate support for car seats during a potential collision.
One injury has already been reported in connection to the Nissan rusting floorboards, according to CNBC. Despite consumers’ safety concerns, neither Nissan nor the NHTSA have initiated a recall of the rusting floorboards or identified the issue as a manufacturing defect or a safety hazard. CNBC reports that in an official statement about the problem, Nissan maintains “this issue is not considered a safety defect by Nissan or the government agency that administers safety recalls.” According to KSHB Kansas City, the NHTSA wrote in its own statement that “the agency has no basis on which to open an investigation, since the problem can be readily detected through regular maintenance and regular safety inspections.”
Repairing rusty and corroded floorboards may cost thousands.
In fact, mechanics typically do discover the problem in the course of
routine maintenance like oil changes, CBS Boston reports. Drivers are surprised to learn from auto mechanics performing scheduled maintenance and service check-ups that their floorboards need repair or replacement, which can cost several thousand dollars. Because the affected vehicles are between 10 and 15 years old and therefore out of warranty, the cost to repair or replace floorboards usually falls to consumers. According to CBS Boston and CNBC, repair costs are often greater than the resale value of the vehicles themselves.
Concerned about rust and deterioration in the floorboard of your Nissan?
If you own a 2002-2006 Nissan Altima or Nissan Maxima, contact Ellen Turnage in our Lemon Law/Fraud Department for a free consultation about your potential legal claims by calling 619-233-7770 or clicking the “free evaluation” at the bottom of this page.