recalling 930,000 cars for hood latch problem
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[January 30, 2016]
By David Shepardson
(Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co said Friday it
will recall nearly 930,000 Nissan cars worldwide for potentially faulty
hood latches, marking the third time since 2014 the automaker has
recalled vehicles to address the problem.
The Japanese automaker <7201.T> said it is recalling the 2013-2015
Nissan Altima, because its secondary hood latch may bind on account
of improperly applied rust coating and remain in the unlatched
position when the hood is closed. That could result in the hood
unexpectedly opening while driving.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said
on Friday that 846,000 vehicles in the United States would be
recalled, has received complaints from owners of Altimas whose hoods
unexpectedly opened. Altimas accounted for about 25 percent of
Nissan's U.S. brand sales last year.
Transport Canada in an online posting on Friday said 24,895 vehicles
were affected. Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said 58,644 vehicles
are being recalled outside North America. No crashes or injuries
have been reported related to the recalls, he said.
Nissan said the previous recall fixes may not have been performed
consistently to remove the safety risk. Dealers will replace the
hood latch with a new one starting next month.
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The new hood latch has an improved coating designed to avoid rust.
Prior recall fixes included inspecting and cleaning the hood latch
and applying a lubricant.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bill Trott)
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