Nissan is recalling 930,000 Altima vehicles made between 2013 and 2015 after it was revealed that a latch problem could cause the hood to pop open while the vehicles are being driven. Although Nissan has dealt with this defect in the past, the company stated that measures taken by dealers in the past, such as application of lubricant, were not enough to solve the issue in many cases.
The defect is caused by eroded paint that flakes off the latch of the hood, exposing the metal and allowing it to rust over time. This rust can cause the secondary hood latch to remain unlocked after being closed, presenting a major safety hazard if the hood comes open while an individual is driving. Nissan says no crashes or injuries have been reported, but the automaker plans to begin notifying owners and replacing the latches for free starting in mid-February.
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