Recall Roundup: 2013-2015 Nissan Altima Recalled Over Faulty Hood Latch
By Joseph Dobrian, February 01, 2016
During the past week, two automakers—Ford Motor Company and Nissan North America—issued recalls affecting just over 1.2 million vehicles. Nissan is recalling 846,000 Nissan Altima sedans from model years 2013, 2014, and 2015, while Ford is recalling more than 300,000 Ford Ranger pickup trucks from the 2004-2006 model years. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.
- Number of vehicles affected: 361,692
- Date of manufacture: March 24, 2003 to May 4, 2006
- Issue: Upon deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. This recall supersedes 14V-343 and only applies to Rangers manufactured in North America.
- Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators free of charge.
- Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 7, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
- Manufacturer recall number: 16S03
- NHTSA recall number: 15V882000
- Number of vehicles affected: 846,000
- Date of manufacture: March 6, 2012 to December 31, 2014
- Issue: 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.
- Remedy: Nissan will re-notify all affected owners and dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one free of charge.
- Timing: The recall is expected to begin in mid-February. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
- NHTSA recall number: 16V029000