Nissan Recalls 625,000 Altima Sedans for Hood Latch Issue
The issue is related to the secondary hood latch, which “may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.” The secondary latch is that pesky little thing you have to pull after you pop the hood from inside the car, which releases it from the primary. Without it, this issue could cause the hood to open while operating the vehicle, a condition which isn’t incredibly conducive to safe driving.
The vehicles affected were manufactured between March 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014.
As of this writing, Nissan has not provided a remedy plan or scheduled notifications, but owners of the vehicles affected may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. We shouldn’t have to tell you this if you’ve been issued your very own drivers license, but please be careful to pop your hood only when the vehicle is parked.
Apart from this minor issue, the Nissan Altima was actually named in KBB.com’s “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000” list, and for good reason. Nobody’s perfect, and it’s a good thing that NHTSA caught this problem early on.