Nissan Recall 49,000 Altimas Due to a Hood Latch Concern

June 7, 2020

Nissan has issued a recall affecting over 49,000 vehicles in Canada because of a hood latch that could come loose and open while driving.

Date of recall: May 29, 2020

Vehicles affected

This recall covers the 2013-18 Nissan Altima, 49,225 of which are affected in Canada, plus another 1.8 million in the United States. 

What’s the problem?

Nissan had previously recalled the 2013-15 Altima models for the same issue, centred around a hood latch whose paint corroded to the point where it wouldn’t stay securely fastened when the hood closed. The previous recall had dealers lubricate the existing latch, or replace it altogether. That hasn’t worked, which is why those previously-recalled vehicles are included here as well.

The issue is that the affected hood latches may loosen and open without warning while driving on the road, obstructing the driver’s view. Nissan warns drivers to be careful in avoiding traffic in case that happens on the road.

Nissan has reported 16 minor injuries related to the defect in these models. 

What’s the fix?

Nissan hasn’t announced one yet. The automaker will reveal details about what type of fix it expects to perform for the defect. When it does, the repair will be done free of charge.

What do you do?

Nissan will begin notifying affected owners by mail with instructions on next steps at a time still to be determined. 

Enter your Nissan VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle.

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