For the second time in less than a year, Nissan is asking Altima owners to take their cars back to the dealer to fix faulty latches that could allow the hood to fly open while the car is being driven.
In this latest campaign, Nissan is replacing latches on nearly 25,000 cars. This comes after a previous recall instructing dealers to “affect repairs” on almost 15,000 obviously didn’t do the trick.
Next up, we have a pair of airbag-related recalls, neither of which (surprisingly) is related to the Takata debacle.
First, 23,343 Honda Accords sold as 2008, 2009, and 2010 models have airbag control modules that could accumulate moisture and stop working, preventing the airbags from deploying in a crash. Honda says cars with this fault will display an airbag warning light.
Second, nearly 800 Lexus RX crossovers have driver’s knee airbag inflators that could leak the propellant that fires the bag open in a collision. If that happens, the airbag won’t deploy fully, or at all. Lexus is asking its dealers to inspect the airbag assemblies and replace them where necessary.
In 19,000 Dodge Charger sedans (2011-2016), if the car begins to roll away while held up by a jack, the jack mounting points could deform and the car could fall and injure the unlucky soul working on the car. The obvious solution is to use wheel chocks to keep the car stationary, so that’s why Dodge is asking its dealers to give these cars’ owners a set of wheel chocks to be “installed with the vehicle’s spare tire in such a manner that they must be removed before the spare tire is removed from its stowed location.”
Finally, 65 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from model years 2015 and 2016 have windshields that “may have been repaired with expired urethane primer,” and as such won’t stay fixed to the car in a crash, a condition that fails to conform to the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Dealers will replace the windshields in affected vehicles.