Nissan Recalls 930,000 Altimas Over Faulty Hood Latches For Third Time

Jan 29, 2016 11:27 AM EST | John Nassivera


Nissan has issued its third recall for Altima midsize cars in order to fix a problem with their latches that could let the hood fly open while the vehicle is moving.

The latest recall covers 846,000 units in the U.S. and 930,000 worldwide, and the models were made from 2013 to 2015 in factories in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., according to the Associated Press.

The Japanese automaker said in a filing with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that the Altimas in this recall might contain a secondary hood latch that could bend and stay in the unlatched position when the hood is closed, The Consumerist reported. This extra latch is intended to keep the hood shut if the primary latch is not working.

If the primary and secondary latches don't work, the hood might open unexpectedly while you're driving, presenting a greater risk of an accident in the process.

The first two recalls related to the problem were issued in 2014 and 2015, and Nissan said that dealers previously adjusted latches and applied lubricant, but the issue may remain if the lubricant wasn't put on evenly, the AP noted.

Nissan will let owners know of the problem and have dealers replace the hood latches with new ones for free starting in mid-February.

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