Is my Nissan safe to drive?
Nissan North America recently extended a recall of Nissan Altimas between model years 2013 and 2015. Initially the recall only affected about 220,000 vehicles, but now 625,000 cars have been recalled, and that number may continue to rise as Nissan continues to investigate the problem. The affected vehicles were manufactured between March 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Nissan tentatively reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that vehicles manufactured after December 31, 2014 were not affected.
The problem in these vehicles that prompted the recall is that the hood latch is faulty. When the hood release is activated from inside the car, the hood normally remains closed until the secondary latch is pushed manually. This safety feature is important to ensure that the hood is not opened while the car is running. If this were to happen, it would obstruct the driver’s view and create an incredibly dangerous driving condition. Depending on the speed of the driver, even if the faulty latch does not result in a collision, the hood, the windshield, or both could be damaged.
In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch could remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. The danger is that if the primary latch is released, the hood can open while the car is being driven.
Nissan reportedly was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this hood latch issue.
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