June 5, 2006

Nissan stops sale of some 2006 four-cylinder Altima and Sentra SE-R vehicles due to excessive oil consumption

Gardena, California – Nissan North America Inc. has directed its dealers to stop selling certain 2006 Altima and Sentra SE-R models equipped with four-cylinder engines, because of reports of excessive oil consumption, while it continues to investigate potential causes.

If not detected or addressed properly, the condition could lead to engine damage. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been advised of the action.

Nissan estimates that about 100,000 Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs built between January and May 2006 may be subject to the condition; there have been about 215 reports of excessive oil consumption, mostly from rental car fleets, and 17 reports of engine fires, resulting in one minor injury.

The company is advising owners of these vehicles to frequently check and maintain the engine oil level; if oil is kept at the proper level, there should be no engine damage or risk of engine failure or fire. If the oil level is not registered at all on the dipstick, customers are urged to immediately add oil and take the vehicle to a Nissan dealer.

In the U.S., Nissan has extended the engine portion of the powertrain coverage of the vehicles’ warranty on these specific vehicles to 84 months or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The company has not yet released warranty upgrade information on Canadian models.

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