Nissan aims to end its persisting problems with hoods that fly open while driving with a massive recall involving no less than 1.9 million Altima vehicles.
In a report published by The Associated Press, the Japanese automaker announced the fourth recall involving a defective hood latch that could cause the hood to open while driving.
Documents related to the recall have been made public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but Nissan also recently confirmed it with online publication Roadshow.
It was also revealed that some of the 2013-2015 Altima sedans that were previously recalled are again going to be part of the recent recall, as well as units from the 2016 to 2018 model years.
The problem is largely caused by the secondary hood latch in the sedan, which can lose coating over time. Once this coating starts flaking off, it bares the metal that could begin to rust and leave the main latch open. When the main latch that’s left open, the secondary latch also wouldn’t function well and allow the hood to pop up even while the vehicle is in motion.
On why previously recalled Altima vehicles are once again part of the latest recall, Nissan said there is a possibility for contaminants to build up if the cars do not undergo scheduled maintenance.
The company advises owners to inspect and lubricate their Altima’s secondary hood latch even if it’s been repaired in the past.
To fix the problem, Nissan is installing a new replacement to the affected vehicles, including those that received a replacement secondary latch in the previous recall.