Nissan announced today that they will be recalling 625,000 2013-2015 Nissan Altimas in the United States due to a malfunction with the secondary hood latch. According to Nissan, the latch may not lock and could cause the hood to fly open while driving, temporarily blinding drivers from the road.
Nissan has not yet found the source of the problem and is currently working on a solution to fix it. However, they do plan to release a report with the NHTSA in the upcoming days. The company also said that there have been no injuries or deaths reported, but a number of vehicle owners have reported damage to their vehicle.
In an e-mail directed to Reuters, a Nissan spokesman said, “Altima drivers can be sure their hood will not fly up as long as they don’t pull the primary hood release while driving or leave the primary hood release undone prior to driving.”
Also, while not having a solidified strategy for repairing the vehicle, Nissan did say they will”implement an interim procedure to inspect and lubricate the secondary hood latch assembly on all subject vehicles manufactured prior to December 31, 2014 in dealer inventory prior to retail sale.”