About 639,500 Nissan and Infiniti Sport Utility Vehicles are affected by two separate recalls announced this week.
A hood latch defect could cause the hood to open while the car is in motion, while water damage can cause an electrical short in the harness connector.
In certain late-model Nissan and Infiniti SUVs, the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly, preventing the latching claw from fully engaging. The secondary latch may also remain in the open position when the hood is closed. If, while the car is being driven, the primary hood latch is released and the secondary latch fails, the hood could open and block the windshield.
The recall affects the following models:
- 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
- 2013 Infiniti JX35
- 2014 QX60
- 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
Nissan will notify owners affected by the recall, but has not yet provided a notification schedule. Dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable, free of charge.
Certain model year 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue and 2014 Nissan Rogue Select vehicles, may experience an electrical short in the harness connector due to a mixture of snow, water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver-side floor. An electrical short increases the risk of a fire.
Nissan will notify owners affected by the recall, but has not yet provided a notification schedule. Dealers will inspect the kick panel wiring harness connectors and will, if necessary, install a new harness connector and waterproof seal, free of charge.
For more information about either recall, owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.