Nissan Pathfinder & Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid – Hood Latch Failure
Nissan Pathfinder (2013-2016) & Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid (2014-2016) Subject Of NHTSA Office Of Defects Investigation
NHTSA Action Number: PE21022
The Office of Defects Investigation (“ODI”) has identified fourteen Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (“VOQ”) alleging hood latch failures, while subject vehicles were being driven, resulting in the hood opening and obstructing the vision of the driver. The office has also received Early Warning Reports (“EWR”) on this issue. Sudden and unexpected opening of the hood can startle drivers, block their visibility, and could lead to a crash into other vehicles or objects.
Nissan is currently collecting field parts to asses the alleged failure of the hood latch. A root cause has not been identified at this time.
ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation to evaluate the scope and risk to motor vehicle safety.
The VOQs can be found with ID numbers:11436637, 11431131, 11427702, 11423321, 11406574, 11398825, 11389741, 11387952, 11375938, 11349105, 11306735, 11302647, 11190468, 11166607.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration