The Problem: The secondary hood latch could bind and not fasten when owners close the hood. If the primary latch is somehow released, the hood could open while someone is driving.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the hood latch.
If You Own One: The recall should begin in mid-February.
More Information: Nissan previously recalled the Altima twice for this problem – once in 2014 and again in 2015. This new campaign will supersede both of those. Nissan will contact all of the owners from the earlier recalls for them to get the new hood latch.
Report Receipt Date: JAN 22, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V029000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 846,000
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
NISSAN ALTIMA 2013-2015
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 6, 2012, to December 31, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.
If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
These vehicles were previously included in recalls 14V-565 and 15V-116, however the previous remedy plan may not have been performed consistently to remove the safety risk. To correct this issue, Nissan will re-notify all affected owners and dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-February. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 14V-565 and 15V-116.
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.