Nissan Motor has ordered a recall of more than 300,000 SUVs in the US over an issue in which the bonnet suddenly opens, obstructing the driver’s view and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Japanese carmaker’s North American division said 322,671 Pathfinder vehicles made between 2013 and 2016 are subject to the recall.
Nissan said accumulation of dirt and dust on a secondary latch could cause it to stay open even if the bonnet is closed, potentially allowing it to pop up without warning and leading to a crash risk, according to a filing to the US regulatory body.
Nissan said a remedy is under development and it will send out interim notifications starting Wednesday.
The recall follows a similar move by Toyota to recall 2,700 bZ4X SUVs, rolled out less than two months ago in Japan. Toyota originally said 112 vehicles were affected, and then expanded the recall.
Subaru, in which Toyota has a nearly 20% stake, also said it was recalling globally about 2,600 units of the Solterra, its first pure EV, which was jointly developed with its top shareholder.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell