Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nissan Recalls 639,480 SUVs for Defective Hood Latches, Potentially Fire-Inducing Electrical Shorts

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

Nissan is recalling 639,480 cars in the U.S. for faulty hood latches and wiring harnesses that can short circuit, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 129,000 vehicles will be recalled in Canada and other countries.

Affected vehicles include the 2013–2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35/QX60, along with 2014 model-year hybrid trims. All have secondary hood latches that factory workers may have incorrectly positioned during assembly, meaning the release cable could fail to engage the locking claw. This would leave the hood completely unlocked if the driver were to pull the primary latch and forget to close it. In such a scenario, were the driver to hit high speeds, air could eventually lift the hood and block the windshield. A total of 170,665 vehicles are affected.

Nissan said it began an investigation in October after recalling the 2013 Altima for faulty secondary hood latches in September, although the problem on its SUVs were sourced to cable length issues and not corrosion like on the Altima. Dealers will reposition the hood latch to free up the cable starting within the next two months.


Another 468,815 Rogue and Rogue Select SUVs from 2008–2014 have wiring harnesses that can short due to liquids or salt seeping through the driver's carpeted footwell, possibly resulting in a fire. The harnesses apparently weren't waterproofed, but they will be once owners receive notification from Nissan within the next two months. Wiring harnesses that have been damaged will also be replaced. Nissan did not say when it first discovered the problem.

from Car and Driver Blog


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