640,000 Altimas recalled by Nissan


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Faulty latches that could cause hoods to open while the car is in motion blamed.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Faulty latches that could cause hoods to open while the car is in motion blamed.

The latest recall covers Altima midsize sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years, bringing the total number of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles recalled for the problem to nearly 1.1 million worldwide. 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.

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. Friday’s recall covers Altimas built from March 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014. In October of last year, Nissan recalled 238,000 Altimas from the 2013 model year for the same problem. Those were built from March 6, 2012 to Feb. 28, 2013. Also, in January, the company recalled 216,000 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2013 and 2014, Infiniti JX35s from 2013 and QX60s from 2014 for the same problem.

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