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870,000 Nissan Altimas with faulty hood latch recalled

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For the third time since 2014, Nissan is forced to recall vehicles with defective hood latches. Some 870,000 Altima sedans from the 2013-2015 model years are affected in North America including 846,000 in the U.S. and 25,000 in Canada.

It appears the secondary hood latch may bind due to improperly applied rust coating and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. As you can imagine, this could result in the hood unexpectedly opening while driving.

Starting next month, Nissan dealers will replace the faulty hood latches at no cost to owners. The previous recall fixes may not have been performed consistently to remove the safety risk, the company said.