Nissan Expands Altima Hood Latch Recall

2015 Nissan Altima

One thing you don’t want happening while you’re driving down the road is for your car hood to suddenly fly open. But that could potentially happen if you’re driving a Nissan Altima currently involved in an expanded recall.

Nissan is expanding a recall involving its top-selling Altima sedan to more than 800,000 vehicles in the U.S because faulty hood latches could allow hoods to fly open while a car is being driven.  The issue is with the secondary latches that are supposed to hold the hood down if,  for some reason, the main latch isn’t fastened before driving.  However, some of those secondary latches aren’t doing their job and owners have reported incidents of hoods coming open, damaging their cars. Nissan has not received any reports of crashes or injuries caused by the problem, according to its spokesman Steve Yaeger.

The expanded recall affects 2013-2015 model year Altimas, but excludes those manufactured after December 31, 2014.  Nissan and Infiniti have recalled nearly 1.1. million vehicles worldwide over the issue. In January, the company recalled 216,000 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2013 and 2014, Infiniti JX35s from 2013 and QX60s from 2014 for the same problem.

Owners can find more information from U.S. safety regulators on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.  According to government documents, Nissan is still investigating the root cause and could add vehicles to the recall list.  The automaker’s still trying to figure out how to fix the issue, but one solution could be to modify the latch lever. However, Nissan says there’s a chance the entire latch assembly may need to be replaced.  “By law safety issues have to be reported promptly, and in some cases that means before the corrective action is confirmed 100 percent to fix the issue,” Yaeger said.

Check with your dealer for more information and to see whether your vehicle is one of the impacted in the recall.

The Altima accounts for one-fourth of the company’s U.S. sales. In the first two months of 2015, it was the second-best-selling car in the U.S. market, behind the Toyota Camry.


Photo Credit: Nissan


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