Nissan has announced a recall of 360,379 Pathfinder SUVs worldwide to address a problem with the hood latch, which could fail and allow the hood to fly open without warning. The risk of a crash from such an eventuality is obvious.
The recall affects 37,115 2013-2016 Pathfinders located in Canada, along with 322,671 units in the U.S., Another 593 are in South Korea.
The problem doesn’t actually concern the primary hood latch. Rather, the specific problem is this: if debris builds up in a bell crank lever pivot joint that’s attached to the secondary hood latch (that serves as a backup to prevent the hood from flying open if ever the primary latch fails), that latch could get stuck in open position.
Nissan’s report to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), filed on June 13, explains that owners who don’t perform what it calls “proper inspection and maintenance” of the bell crank assembly could wind up with the open-latch problem. The company adds that debris buildup could also damage coating on the assembly meant to prevent corrosion.