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Nissan, Hyundai Recall 650,000 Cars In U.S., Canada
Hyundai and Nissan issue recalls affecting some 650,000 cars manufactured between 2013 and 2015.
Nissan is recalling 625,000 more cars in the U.S. as part of an increasing problem with defective latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are moving. The recent recall includes Altima midsize sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years, which makes the total number of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles recalled for the same problem to nearly 1.1 million worldwide.
Nissan previously recalled 238,000 Altimas from 2013 for the similar problem, as well as 216,000 Nissan Pathfinders from 2013 and 2014, Infiniti JX35s from 2013 and QX60s from 2014.
Nissan, in documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said that if the main latch isn't fastened, the secondary latch may not hold the hood closed as designed.
Nissan has received no reports of crashes or injuries caused by the problem, spokesman Steve Yaeger said Friday.
Dealers will modify the latch lever, clean and lubricate the secondary latch joint as well. The latch assembly could be changed. The problem was revealed when Nissan received reports of hoods flying open and damaging the cars.
Yaeger said Nissan believes the repair will solve the problem. "By law safety issues have to be reported promptly, and in some cases that means before the corrective action is confirmed 100 percent to fix the issue," he said.
Meanwhile, Hyundai is recalling more than 26,000 Genesis luxury cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a water leak that can cause the transmission gear shifter to malfunction.
Hyundai says in government documents that the inaccurate gear can raise the risk of the cars moving unpredictably and causing a crash.
Dealers will set up pads to prevent the water leak, free of charge. Hyundai will notify owners starting in April.