Nissan recalls 870,000 cars over hood latch problem

Nissan Altima

Nissan Motor on Friday announce the recall of 870,000 cars in the United States and Canada for potentially faulty hood latches. This is the third time since 2014 that the automaker has recalled vehicles to address the problem.

The Japanese automaker said it is recalling the 2013-2015 Nissan Altima, because its secondary hood latch may bind on account of improperly applied rust coating and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announced on Friday that 846,000 vehicles in the United States would be recalled. The agency says it has received multiple complaints about hoods unexpectedly opening.

The Altima lineup accounted for about 25% of Nissan’s US brand sales last year.

Transport Canada said on Friday that 24,895 vehicles were affected in the country.

Dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one starting next month. Nissan says the new latch has an improved coating that protects against rust.