Nissan has officially announced a recall for the Altima models because of a problem with the hood latch which may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is being closed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a large number of affected Nissan Altima vehicles and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers because of the problem with the hood latch which, if ignored, it will lead to the hood being opened while driving, increasing the risk of a crash and injury.
“In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash”, says the NHTSA in its recall summary of the problem.
The affected Nissan Altima vehicles are from the 2013 to 2015 model years and they have been produced between the 1st of March, 2013, and the 31st of December, 2014. Nissan hasn’t provided a remedy plan or a notification schedule at this time but the necessary repairs / replacements will be made free of charge to the owners. If you happen to have such a model in your garage, you should contact the Nissan customer service at 1 800 647 7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration vehicle safety hotline at 1 888 327 4236.