- Nissan North America is recalling 220,423 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles because a latch problem could cause the hood to open unexpectedly.
- Dealers will fix the hood latch or replace the latch assembly, if necessary.
- A date has not been set for the recall.
WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 220,423 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles because a latch problem could cause the hood to open unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"In the affected vehicles, interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.
"If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash."
The affected vehicles were built from March 6, 2012 to February 28, 2013.
"There have been a few cases in which the hood came open and caused vehicle damage, but nothing reported to us regarding other kinds of accidents or any injuries," wrote Steve Yaeger, a Nissan North America spokesman, in response to a query from Edmunds.
Dealers will modify the bend angle of the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel. In addition, dealers will clean and lubricate the latch joint. If significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced.
A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Edmunds says: Owners will have to wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have a problem in the meantime, get in touch with your dealer.