- nissan has expanded a recall for its altima sedan over a hood-latch defect, now including 2013 to 2018 models and bringing the total vehicles covered by the recall to more than 1.8 million.
- the faulty hood latch can prevent the hood from being secured, so it could open while the vehicle is being driven.
- owners will be notified of recall arrangements beginning august 1.
nissan has expanded a previous recall for faulty hood latches in its altima sedans, now including a total of more than 1.8 million vehicles. the newly added altimas come from the 2016 to 2018 model years. when the primary hood latch corrodes, it can prevent the secondary latch from engaging, which can lead to the hood opening while the vehicle is being driven, obstructing the driver's view and increasing the risk of a crash.
the full recall encompasses 2013 to 2018 models of the altima sedan. other recalls for the hood latches were issued in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and even if the previously recalled vehicles had the latch replaced then, they will need to have the replacement part replaced once again. nissan said in a filing with the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) that a fix for the faulty latch is still under development.
nissan said that the driver can detect whether or not the vehicle's hood will open unexpectedly if it flutters or makes noise, demonstrating that the hood isn't secured. owners will be notified of the recall beginning on august 1. in the meantime, consumers can check the nhtsa recalls website to find out if their vehicle is included in the recall.