Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR is presented at the New York International Auto Show, in New York. A Nissan recall for possible fuel leaks in crashes has been expanded to include nearly 59,000 Altima and Maxima sedans worldwide. The recall now covers certain 2013 to 2016 Altima midsize cars and some 2016 Maxima large cars. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

DETROIT (AP) – Nissan is recalling thousands of Altima midsize cars for a third time to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the cars are moving.

The latest recall covers 846,000 cars from 2013 to 2015.

Nissan says in documents filed with the U.S. government that paint can flake off the latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open. If the main latch isn’t closed and the car is driven, the secondary latch may not hold the hood.

The automaker says that in two previous recalls, dealers adjusted latches and applied lubricant. But if the lubricant wasn’t put on evenly, the problem could persist.

Nissan will notify owners and replace the latch for free starting in mid-February.

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