Nissan North America has issued a third recall for Altima vehicles. This recall came after two previous recalls failed to resolve a problem with a potentially faulty hood latch. The latest recall involved 850,000 Altimas from year models 2013 to 2015. Many of the cars were involved in two other recalls issues in late 2015.
Thus far more than one million vehicles may be affected by the defect, which can allow the hood to fly open while the operator is driving. The affected vehicles were manufactured in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss. According to the auto manufacturer, a problem with the electrophoretic paint emulsion application during assembly may have been defective. This may have resulted in poor application, allowing the paint to flake off, leaving bare metal exposed to possible corrosion. The defect involves the vehicles’ secondary hood latch, which may become stuck open as a result of corrosion, allowing the hood to pop open.
Previous recalls involved adding a lubricant to the hood latches to help prevent corrosion, but it may also have not been applied correctly. Nissan has now agreed to recall the affected vehicles and replace the hood latch entirely. Recall notices were being distributed beginning in mid-February. Nissan will replace the latches free of charge.
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