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From Products Liability Law Daily, January 28, 2015

Electrical shorting and hood latch troubles prompts two Nissan recalls

By Joe Bichl

Nissan North America, Inc., is recalling approximately 640,000 vehicles because hoods may open unexpectedly or an electrical short may cause a fire. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for either campaign (NHTSA Recall Notices, Nos. 15V032, 15V033, January 28, 2015).

In one recall, the automaker is recalling approximately 468,815 model year 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue vehicles and 2014 Nissan Rogue Select vehicles due to electrical shorting. According to Nissan, the vehicles may experience an electrical short in the harness connector due to a mixture of snow/water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver side floor near the harness connector. The company indicated it will inspect the kick panel wiring harness connector and will, if necessary, install a new harness connector and waterproof seal, at no cost to the consumer.

In the second campaign, Nissan is recalling an estimated 170,665 model year 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid vehicles, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, 2014 QX60 vehicles, and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles. The hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly in the vehicles, preventing the latching claw from fully engaging. 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, Nissan warned. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable, free of charge.

Contact information. For more information, owners are encouraged to contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. In addition, owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Nissan North America, Inc.

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