WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 170,665 2013-'14 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs and certain Infiniti JX35 and QX60 SUVs to fix a faulty hood latch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall includes the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2014 Infiniti QX60 and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid SUVs.
"In the affected vehicles, the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly, preventing the latching claw from fully engaging," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "The secondary latch may remain in the open position when the hood is closed.
"If the primary hood latch is released and the secondary latch fails during operation of the vehicle, it could cause the hood to open during vehicle operation, impairing the driver's vision, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash."
Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds there are no reports of "crashes with other vehicles, injuries or deaths, but we received reports of damage to the vehicle as a result of hoods coming up while vehicles were moving."
The affected vehicles were built during the following date ranges:
*2013-'14 Pathfinder, June 20, 2012 to November 18, 2013
* 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, July 18, 2013 to November 18, 2013
* 2013 Infiniti JX35, November 29, 2011 to June 14, 2013
* 2014 Infiniti QX60, May 16, 2013 to November 18, 2013
* 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, July 18, 2013 to November 18, 2013
No other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are affected by this problem, the automaker told federal safety regulators.
Nissan dealers and Infiniti dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261 and Infiniti customer service at 1-800-662-6200.
Edmunds says: Nissan told federal safety regulators it planned to notify dealers about this recall on January 26 and will notify all owners within 60 days. But if you have a concern in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer now.