For the third time, Nissan is recalling the Altima over an issue with the hood latch.
About 846,000 Altimas from the 2013 to 2015 model year are affected by the recall, which will see their faulty hood latches entirely replaced.
The initial recall campaign affected about 220,000 Altimas, though it was expanded in a second recall action by about 620,000 vehicles.
The issue is paint that can flake off the latch, allowing the bare metal to rust and subsequently jam the secondary hood latch open. In the two previous recall, dealers adjusted the latches and applied lubricant to make sure they were safe, but if the lubricant wasn’t applied evenly, the problem may persist.
Now, Nissan has instructed to dealers to replace the latch entirely, to make sure there is no issue again. The recall is expected to begin in mid-February.
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