Fourth Time Lucky, Maybe? Nissan Recalls Altima Again Over Hood Latch Issue

Remember how Nissan cars, SUVs, and trucks were in the early 1990s? Quality control was up there with the best in the industry, and the Skyline GT-R was so strong that the inline-six engine’s tunability with stock internals beggars belief.
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However, it all came crashing down after Nissan admitted to burning through cash faster than making money by selling cars and service parts. This is where Renault steps in, setting up an alliance in March 1999 to consolidate the businesses of both automakers through synergy and other stuff the bean counters like a lot.

Problem is, maximizing profit took its toll on build quality and quality control as well as how parts were developed. You only need to look through CVT-related complaints to understand how Nissan turns a blind eye to these things. Similarly, did you know the Altima has been recalled a fourth time over the same issue?

Not only one Altima, but 1.8 million of them according to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And speaking of the NHTSA, the 2013 model year of the Altima has been recalled 12 times already and investigated over 4 issues in addition to 1,750 owner complaints and counting.

Campaign number 20V315000 concerns the “unintentional release of the primary hood latch,” attributed to corrosion to the secondary latch. If the secondary latch binds and remains unlatched when the hood is closed, then the primary latch is inadvertently released again. Imagine the hood opening on you on the motorway.

No fewer than 1,831,818 examples of the breed are under recall according to Nissan North America, spanning from the 2013 to the 2018 model year. Adding insult to injury, “the remedy for this recall is still under development.”

Moving on, dealers have been informed about the callback on June 2nd while owners will be notified from June 22nd to July 13th. The interim notification will also provide owners with a set of instructions on “how to properly maintain the latch.”
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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