Nissan Recalls 625,000 Altimas Due to Latch Defect

Nissan has announced that it will recall 625,000 Nissan Altima vehicles due to a hood latch defect.  This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall that occurred in September 2014 when  Nissan recalled the 2013 model year Altima vehicles manufactured from March 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013.  Originally, Nissan recalled 220,423 with this issue.

The defect stems from the secondary hood latch of the vehicle.  In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlocked position even while the hood is closed.  The reason for the problem is interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, causes the secondary hood latch to not lock properly.  If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood of the vehicle could unexpectedly open while driving.  These affected vehicles include the 2013, the 2014, and the 2015 Nissan Altimas.  They were manufactured from March 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy plan or notification schedule.  The first remedy back in September 2014 was for dealers to modify the bend angle of the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel.  In addition, dealers were advised to clean and lubricate the latch joint as needed.  If significant corrosion was observed, the latch assembly was to be replaced.   Owners should contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.  Note:  This recall is an expansion of Recall 14V-565.  Hopefully, Nissan will come up with a fix soon.

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