Nissan recalls Altima; hood can unexpectedly open while driving

October 11, 2014
Nissan has issues a recall for its 2013 Altima, warning of problems with the hood latch system.

The company suggests interference between the inner hood panel and secondary latch lever can cause binding and prevent the secondary latch from properly securing the hood when it 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,” the company notes in its filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The problem is said to be related to buildup or debris and component corrosion. The primary latch also appears to be trouble-free, preventing the hood from flying open as long as it is properly closed before starting a journey.

Dealers will be instructed to inspect the secondary lever and modify the bend angle, if necessary, to eliminate potential interference with the inner hood panel.

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