They say the third time’s a charm. Nissan is hoping that’s the case with its third recall of 2013 and 2014 model year Altimas. The Japanese automaker recently announced another recall over a faulty hood latch affecting more than 800,000 cars.
Turns out a defective latch can cause the hood to fly open while driving. Clearly, this poses a serious risk for car accidents. Nissan says paint can flake off the latch exposing the bare metal.
Overtime, that latch could rust, preventing it from closing properly. If the main latch isn't closed properly and the car is on the road, the secondary latch may not hold down the hood.
In the first two recalls, Nissan dealers simply adjusted the latches and applied lubricant. Assuming it was done correctly, it looked like things were good. Unfortunately, in a few cases, lubricant wasn’t applied evenly and the issue persisted. Now, Nissan officials are kicking things up a notch, urging registered owners of affected rides to head back to the dealership for a whole new latch.