Paying attention to your surroundings is a critical component of driving safely. Imagine the fear someone would experience if, in the middle of their daily commute, the engine hood of their vehicle suddenly sprang open, completely obscuring their view of traffic in front of the vehicle.
For those driving Nissan Altimas, that exact scenario could be a possibility due to a defective vehicle component. In fact, those who have previously had their vehicle repaired for this exact issue may find that their vehicle is still part of this newest recall.
Many products can have defective parts, but when there is a defective component in a vehicle, the risk of someone getting hurt or killed as a result of that defect drastically increases, especially if the failure occurs while the vehicle is in motion.
Nissan most recent vehicle recall affects multiple years of Altimas
Automakers should invest heavily both in product research and design and then in quality control during manufacturing to keep the public safe and ensure that their customers have trustworthy vehicles. Unfortunately for Nissan, they seem to have an issue with the hood latch for the Altima.
There have previously been multiple recalls for 2013, 2014 and 2015 Altimas. The current recall involves Altimas produced between 2013 and 2018. So far, the issue has resulted in at least 16 minor crashes, but it’s easy to see how this kind of defect could result in a fatality or severe injuries.
There are about 1.8 million Altimas in the United States that will be part of this recall, and owners will have to bring the vehicle in for repairs. If you’re among the unlucky few who only find out about you auto’s defect due to an accident, it may be time to speak with an experienced attorney about the potential for a claim.