DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.
Only Altimas from the 2013 model year are covered by the recall so far, but Nissan is investigating whether other models could be involved, according to documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators.
The automaker says debris and rust can combine with the interference between the secondary latch lever and the hood, causing the latches to bind. That could keep them unlatched when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released, the hood could open while the cars are being driven.
Nissan says dealers will modify the latch lever, as well as clean and lubricate the secondary latch joint. The latch assembly could also be replaced. The company hasn't come up with a schedule to notify owners.
Owners with questions can call Nissan at 800-647-7261.
The Altima is Nissan's top-selling vehicle in the U.S.
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