NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Nissan is recalling more than 140,000 of
its popular Altima sedans to replace air filters that could catch
fire, company officials said.
The voluntary recall affects 2007 Altimas with four-cylinder,
2.5-litre engines produced between September 2006 and May 2007 at
Nissan's Smyrna plant and between October 2006 and May 2007 at its
Canton, Miss., plant.
The Altima is Nissan's best-selling car, with more than 114,000
sold from January through May, and the fourth best-selling mid-sized
car in the United States.
North America Inc. spokeswoman Frederique Le Greves said
flammable objects, such as cigarettes, could enter the filter and
``There is little chance this can happen, but we had a couple of
cases of this happening, so we don't want to take any risk,'' Le
Four engine compartment fires in February and March prompted
Nissan to launch an investigation, according to Nissan's report to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Le Greves said the company determined the cause of the defect
June 11 and began sending letters to consumers July 3.
The company will install replacement filters made of less
flammable material at no charge, and also an air deflector to keep
debris from entering the air filter.
``It's a very quick change, like 12 minutes,'' Le Greves said.
``We have all the filters already at the dealers. It's in-and-out
for the customer.''
The company does not disclose costs associated with recalls, Le
Nissan North America, headquartered in Nashville, is a subsidiary
of Tokyo-based Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan shares fell 12 cents to $21.45 Wednesday.
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