It is the third attempt for Nissan to fix this problem, as the new recall is affecting nearly 930,000 Nissan cars worldwide with potentially faulty hood latches.
Nissan Motor said it would have to call back to dealers almost 930,000 cars worldwide to fix a problem that forced the automaker to plan another two recall campaigns in the last two years over the exact same issue. The troublesome problem is the secondary hood latch which could remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed, because of improperly applied rust coating. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving. To address this issue, the Japanese automaker said it was recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Nissan Altima models manufactured between March 6, 2012, and December 31, 2014, totaling 846,000 affected vehicles in the United States. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received complaints from owners of Altimas whose hoods unexpectedly opened. Altimas accounted for about 25 percent of Nissan’s US brand sales last year. Transport Canada also said 24,895 vehicles could have this issue, while Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said 58,644 vehicles are being recalled outside North America. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the recalls, he added.
Nissan previously recalled the Altima twice for this problem, once in 2014 and again in 2015. However, the previous remedy plan may not have properly removed the safety risk, the company admitted. To correct this issue, Nissan will re-notify all affected owners and dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one. The new campaign is expected to begin in mid-February.