Nissan recalling 1.8 million older Altimas over hood latch issue
Campaign marks expansion of older recall to keep hoods popping open
Nissan is recalling more than 1.8 million Altima sedans, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, over an issue that may prevent their hood latches from closing properly.
The campaign is an expansion of an older 2016 recall on 2013- to 2015-model-year Altimas; the new recall covers Altimas up to model year 2018. In Canada, it covers 49,225 sedans.
On affected vehicles, a secondary hood latch may get stuck in an open position due to corrosion; this means it may not hold the hood closed while the car is driving.
In the original recall, the fix involved replacing the hood latch with a new one; Nissan has not announced whether it will make the same repair during this campaign.
None of the cars with replaced hood latches have reported any problems. However, Nissan has received some “16 claim reports involving a minor crash and/or minor injury for vehicles that did not receive the repair,” a spokesperson told Automotive News.
Driving.ca. – Nicholas Maronese