Mitsubishi and Nissan have issued recalls to customers for returning their vehicles for fixing an improper latched hood that can open while driving. The issue can be deadly as the hood that opens itself can block the view of the driver while in motion.
The affected vehicles are 238,000 Altima sedans from the model year 2013 though Nissan is investigating if other vehicles are also affected. The company said that the latch does not hold the hood in place properly. Another 166,000 cars are recalled by the company for a stalling problem. As the latches are used in other models the manufacturer is checking latches in other models. Nissan spokesperson Steve Yaeger said the customers are in no danger if they don’t release the main hood latch.
Mitsubishi is recalling Lancer Evolution, 2011 Lancer, 2009-2011 Lancer Sportback, 2008-2011 Outlander and 2011 Outlander Sport. The recall is due to an issue in the drive belt that can suffer unusual wear and tear which depletes the battery and overheats the engine. The driving belt allows the engine to be charged that results in stalling. According to a report filed with the safety agency, the vehicles stop functioning or can disable steering as a result of overheating.
Nissan is recalling about 222,000 vehicles in the US and 10,000 vehicles in Canada. Both the companies will fix the issue to owners free of cost and notification letters will be mailed to them from Oct. 15. The companies also mentioned that no injuries or crashes have been reported.
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