The Japanese automobile company Nissan is recalling more than 300,000 SUVs in the U.S. for a sudden hood opening issue. The customers complained about the unexpected hood opening obstructing the driver’s view, increasing the risk of a crash. The issue was reported with 322,671 Nissan Pathfinder models from 2013 to 2016.
Nissan manufactures vehicles, including automobiles, buses, and trucks. Its headquarters is situated in Yokohama, Japan, and they serve all around the globe. Earlier, in the U.S. Nissan was named Datsun. Nissan was started in 1933, and the founders were: Masujiro Hashimoto, Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama, Meitaro Takeuchi, Yoshisuke Aikawa, and William R. Gorham. Nissan has been part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance since 1999. In 2013, Nissan was the 6th largest Automobile manufacturer. Nissan is famous for supercars, SUVs, and recently hatchbacks and sedans. They have built a trust with its customers, and their car provides performance, for which the company is well known.
Hood Problems in Pathfinder
According to the report, In Nissan’s SUVs, the hood suddenly opens up and blocks the driver’s view. It is a matter of concern as it can increase the risk of accidents and crashes. Suddenly more than 3,00,000 Nissan cars faced this issue. Nissan motors are now recalling these SUVs from the customers. The North American division of Nissan recalled all these vehicles with the problem. The Japanese automakers also recall 37,700 cars from Canada.
What did Nissan say on this issue?
In a filing with U.S. regulators, Nissan said the secondary hood could remain open despite being closed due to the accumulation of dirt and dust in the latches of the hood. Perhaps it opens without warning. The Japanese automakers also stated that they are taking steps to overcome the problem. They will send an interim notification on Wednesday (29th June).
History of hood issues in Nissan Cars
In 2016, Nissan recalled the Altima over the same issue like this one. There was a problem with the hood. A secondary hood latch gets the stick in the open position. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a solution to replace the hood latch. Nissan received 16 claims reports of minor accidents in this issue.
Nagging Latch problem was always an issue with Nissan’s car, and for one more time, it was reported in 2020. The Japanese automakers recalled hundreds of thousands of midsize cars in the U.S. and Canada over the same issue. The problem arose in the same care Altimas now with the different year models: 2016 and 2018.
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Other companies which recalled their cars
In 2009, Toyota recalled 9 million vehicles because of faulty accelerator pedals. The German Automakers Mercedes-Benz had also recalled nearly one million cars worldwide. There was a defect in the braking system that led to this recall. Ford has recalled the most significant number of vehicles, 21 million. The issue was found in the reverse gear of its vehicles. The second time, Ford recalled 15 million cars with the problem with the cruise control switch. For the third time, Ford recalled 7.9 million cars due to a fault in ignition switches. And in 2016, Volkswagen recalled their 8.5 million vehicles because of software downgrades.