Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem

DETROIT (AP) – Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they’re being driven.

The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models.

The automaker says in documents posted by federal regulators that the secondary hood latch can bind and remain unlatched when the hood is closed. If it’s unlatched and the main latch is inadvertently released, the hood could open while the car is in motion.

Nissan says dealers will modify the latch lever, as well as clean and lubricate the secondary latch joint. The latch assembly could be replaced. The company hasn’t come up with a schedule to notify owners.

Owners with questions can call Nissan at (800) 647-7261.

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