Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

In this Oct. 28, 2015 photo, Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn delivers a speech during the Japanese automaker's presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo. Nissan’s profit for the July-September quarter zoomed 38 percent higher on healthy sales in China, the U.S. and Europe, prompting the automaker to raise its full-year projections. Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. reported Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, a fiscal second quarter profit of 172.8 billion yen ($1.4 billion), up from 124.9 billion yen the year before. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

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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