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Nissan Recalls 768,000 Vehicles for Faulty Hoods, Fire Risks

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Nissan, the second largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, has issued two separate recall orders for a total of around 768,000 vehicles from all over the world.

The recall orders will look to fix a fire hazard and a hood that could suddenly open while the vehicle is running, Nissan told deferral regulators.

The order for the fixing of the fire hazard will see Nissan recall 552,135 of its Rogue SUVs from all over the world, as there is a possibility of water or snow with salt that could be carried into the car by the shoes of the driver could possibly seep through the vehicle's carpet. The mixture may then cause a shortage in an electrical connection, leading to a possible fire.

The fire hazard, which Nissan detailed in the report that it sent and has been filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has not resulted in any fires or injuries yet, said Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger.

The recall order will cover Rogue SUVs with model years 2008 to 2013. Of the total number of units, 468,815 of the vehicles are currently registered within the United States.

The order for the fixing of the malfunctioning latch of the hood, on the other hand, will see Nissan recall a variety of SUVs, with a total of almost 215,789 units. Of this total number, 170,665 are currently registered within the United States.

Nissan already issued a recall order for a similar problem last year in October, when the company recalled around 238,000 units of its Altima sedans. This time, the recall will cover the 2013 to 2014 model years of the Pathfinder, the 2014 model year of the Pathfinder Hybrid, the 2013 model year of the Infiniti JX35, and the 2014 model year of the Infiniti QX60 and the QX60 Hybrid.

Nissan revealed in its report that a flaw in its assembly caused the cable for the secondary hood latch to be very short, preventing the latch from properly closing the hood. This flaw means that the hood of the vehicle could suddenly open while the car is moving if the driver inadvertently pulls on the release of the primary hood latch. Usually, drivers will also have to release the secondary hood latch by reaching under the vehicle's hood after releasing the primary latch.

As with the issue with the fire hazard, Nissan said that it has not been made aware of any injuries or accidents resulting from the problem. There were a few incidents, however, when the sudden opening of the hood caused damage to the vehicle.

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