Nissan Repeats Recall of 2013-'15 Nissan Altima for Hood Latch Problem | Edmunds

Nissan Repeats Recall of 2013-'15 Nissan Altima for Hood Latch Problem

WASHINGTON Nissan North America is recalling 846,000 2013-'15 Nissan Altima sedans to fix a hood latch problem for a second time, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A stop-sale order is in effect on the cars.

"The previous remedy plan may not have been performed consistently to remove the safety risk," NHTSA said in its recall summary.

The vehicles were previously recalled because the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

"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 vehicle crash," NHTSA said.

There are no accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall, Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds.

The repeat recall is due to a "supplier quality issue," Nissan told federal safety regulators.

Nissan dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one. The recall is expected to begin the week of February 15. Owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

In the meantime, Nissan is recommending that owners of these cars make sure the hood is fully closed and latched.

"Also, we ask that you be careful to pull the fuel-door release lever when refueling and not the hood release lever," the company said.

Edmunds says: Parts are on their way to Nissan dealerships. You should contact your Nissan dealer as soon as possible to have the car inspected and fixed if you receive an owner notification letter saying your vehicle is included in this new recall.

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