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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 10, 2014

Hood in recalled Nissan Altima vehicles can open while driving, blocking the driver’s view

By Joe Bichl

Nissan North America, Inc., is recalling approximately 220,423 model year 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles because the secondary hood latch may not latch properly. According to Nissan, 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. This can cause the hood to open while driving, blocking the driver’s view, and increasing the risk of an accident, Nissan warned. The recalled vehicles were manufactured March 6, 2012, to February 28, 2013 (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 14V565, October 9, 2014).

Remedy. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will be instructed to 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 as needed. If significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced. This repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Contact information. For more information consumers can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Nissan North America, Inc.

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