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Third time's a charm: Nissan recalls Altimas for hood latches...again

Nearly a million midsized sedans are facing recall, some of which have been brought in twice before.

2014 Nissan Altima

If your hood flies up at speed, your best bet is to get to the shoulder and come to a stop quickly. Don't slam on the brakes in an attempt to get it to close again.

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Nissan issued a recall for the 2013-2015 Altima sedan -- covering some 930,000 models worldwide -- for a problem related to the hood latch. For some of the vehicles covered under this recall, it will be the third time this vehicles have been requested to head back to dealerships.

If at first, you don't succeed...

The issue lies with the main hood latch -- the one that requires the extra-hard slam to secure. Paint can flake off this latch, and the exposed metal underneath may corrode, leaving the secondary hood latch -- the one that requires an under-hood uncoupling -- to hold the whole thing together.

The secondary latch isn't supposed to hold the hood down at speed, so there's a chance (however small) that the hood could pop up on the fly. Considering that's a great way to get into an accident, Nissan's issuing a recall to replace the potentially faulty main latch.

Nissan told the Associated Press that there are no reports of this happening, but one can never be too cautious.

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