Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 341,000 Altimas in the U.S., citing a defect that causes a rear door to inadvertently unlatch and open if its window is rolled down. In paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the car company says the issue stems from improper routing of the latch-lock cable, which can block the window regulator, causing the rear passenger door to unlatch when the window mechanism is lowered. “If the rear passenger doors inadvertently open while the vehicle is in motion, it may increase the risk of injury to the rear passengers,” Nissan said in a recall report.
The problem can be solved with modification at a dealership, where a harness protector patch and possibly a sealing screen replacement can be installed to prevent the wires from interfering. The defect only affects 2015 through 2017 models, all of which are still under warranty. The car company first become aware of the problem in August 2016, when Nissan was notified of a field incident involving the defect, according to NHTSA filings. In September, the company was able to identify the issue, and concluded it was an isolated assembly error, but implemented improvements in the manufacturing process to prevent it from happening again. But over the next several months, Nissan continued to review its manufacturing process and found the misrouting continued to occur during installation of its trim panels. The carmaker reviewed reports and learned of other incidents that may have been caused by the defective door, and on Jan. 10 decided to issue a recall. The company said it will notify all owners over the next two months.
Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said in an email that the recall was voluntary and would come at no cost to consumers. “Nissan is committed to the safety and security of our customers and their passengers,” he wrote. “Owners of affected vehicles will be notified in early March, asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan retailer for remedy. “
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