Wednesday, November 25, 2020
News Nissan Altima Recalled Because Hood Can Fly Open, 1.9 Million Cars Affected

Nissan Altima Recalled Because Hood Can Fly Open, 1.9 Million Cars Affected

16 reports of minor crashes and/or injuries so far

  • Nissan is adding to its Nissan Altima recall

  • 1.9 million 2013-2018 Nissan Altima models touched by the recall

  • Hood latch can rust leading to the hood flying open on the road


The Nissan Altima is being recalled because of a latch problem that could cause the hood to not close securely and open as the car is being driven. The recall concerns 1.9 million Nissan Altima models from 2013 to 2018.

This isn’t the first recall on the Nissan Altima for the same problem. Previous recalls in 2014, 2015, and 2016 occurred.

Those recalls were caused by a coating on a secondary hood latch that could flake and expose the metal underneath which could then rust. The compromised hood latch ran the risk of failing which increased the risk of the hood opening while the car was being driven.

The previously recalled cars were either given new latches or had their original latches lubricated. Now, Nissan is recalling Altimas again for a similar problem. The company says the secondary latches can fail if not properly maintained. If the primary latches aren’t closed, this can cause the hood to open unexpectedly.

In simple terms, there’s a problem that could cause the hood to open while your driving in some Nissan Altima 2013 to 2018 models.

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“All affected vehicle owners should inspect and lubricate the hood latch per the owner’s manual instructions and always ensure the hood is fully closed after it is released,” Nissan said in a statement.

So far there have been 16 reports of minor crashes and injuries, but none on recalled vehicles.

Nissan owners who receive a recall notice will be asked to visit their dealer for an inspection. The company is working on a fix which will be available at a later date.

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