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Nissan Altima owners: Hood may fly open due to auto defect

It's dangerous driving on West Virginia roads. The thought of getting in a car accident is frightening. However, something that some drivers may not think about is how terrifying it would be if their hood flew open while driving 70 mph on the highway. While most don't worry about this since it is unlikely to occur, those who have 2013 Nissan Altimas may want to rethink that after a recent recall for an auto defect.

More than 220,000 Altimas have been recalled by Nissan. The only affected model year is the 2013. The recall is due to a defect with the secondary latch for the car hood. Apparently, corrosion and debris are among factors that can cause this latch to fail to properly fasten in place. Unfortunately, the possible result of this defective latch is the hood flying up while driving.

Currently, it seems as though only one incident has been reported to Nissan about the defective hood latch. The vehicle occupants were traveling on a roadway when the hood flew open, struck and cracked the windshield and then detached from the car. Luckily, no one was injured. However, this won't always be the case.

At this time, there is no clear timeframe as to when individual Nissan Altima owners will be notified of this defect. Because of this, it puts consumers all over the country, including here in West Virginia, at risk of being involved in a car collision and being severely injured. Anyone who is injured due to an auto defect may benefit from being advised of their legal rights as a consumer and how they can work toward seeking to hold the manufacturer, and possibly others along the consumer supply chain, liable for the defect and any injuries that the faulty product caused.

Source: USA Today, "Recall: Hoods can fly open on 220K Nissan Altimas", Chris Woodyard and Matt Schmitz, Oct. 10, 2014

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