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U.S. probing suspension part failures in 2013 Nissan Altimas

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 1:09 p.m.
FILE - This June 14, 2018, file photo, shows a Nissan logo on a car on display at the automaker's showroom in Tokyo. Nissan is recalling more than 215,000 cars and SUVs due to a fire risk, and the company is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
FILE - This June 14, 2018, file photo, shows a Nissan logo on a car on display at the automaker's showroom in Tokyo. Nissan is recalling more than 215,000 cars and SUVs due to a fire risk, and the company is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a suspension part on Nissan Altimas can come loose from the frame due to corrosion.

The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 374,000 cars from 2013. The agency says it has four complaints that rear lower control arm assemblies failed. One owner in Seneca Falls, N.Y., wrote that the problem caused a crash, but didn’t give details. Three complaints allege the part failed while cars were moving.

Control arms let the wheels and tires travel up and down over bumps.

The complaints came from states that use salt to clear roads of ice and snow.

Investigators will determine how often the problem happens and whether a recall is needed.

Nissan says it’s examining data and cooperating with investigators. Any owner who suspects a problem should have their car checked by a dealer, the company said.

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