Nissan Altima hood latch recall rises to 625,000

Nissan expands Altima recall to 625,000 total cars for hoods that can fly open

Nissan is expanding an earlier recall of its popular Altima sedans to fix a flaw that can cause the hood to fly open while the car is being driven.

The Japanese automaker now says 625,000 Altimas built in the U.S. from the 2013 through 2015 model years are affected by the issue. Nissan initially recalled 220,000 cars from the 2013 model year in October for the same problem.

The recall also affects 15,000 vehicles in Canada.

Nissan has issued the recalls to fix a secondary hood latch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If the secondary latch fails and the primary latch is released, "the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash," NHTSA said.

No accidents or injuries have been caused by the issue, according to a Nissan spokesman, though there are instances of hoods opening while the cars are in motion.

The automaker doesn’t yet have a fix for the defect yet, but says it will notify NHTSA when it does. In the meantime, Nissan plans to inspect and lubricate the potentially defective secondary latches free of charge at dealerships and will be notifying owners of affected vehicles.

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