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Nissan recalling 768,000 vehicles

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling nearly 768,000 vehicles worldwide in two new campaigns because hoods could open unexpectedly or an electrical short could cause a fire.

The recalls cover about 640,000 vehicles in the United States and about 128,000 around the world.

The Japanese automaker said it is recalling 468,815 2008-13 Nissan Rogue vehicles in the United States because a mixture of snow and saltwater can seep through the carpet on the driver side floor near the harness connector, which could cause an electrical short and a fire. Dealers will inspect the kick panel wiring harness for damage. If no damage is found, dealers will install a new waterproof seal. If damage is found, dealers will also replace the harness connector.

Nissan said some electrical shorting has been reported but no fires.

Nissan is also recalling 170,665 2013-14 Pathfinder SUVs, 2014 Pathfinder hybrid, 2013 Inifiniti J35, 2014 QX60 and hybrid versions because the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly preventing the latching claw from fully engaging. If the primary hood latch is not closed properly, it could cause the hood to open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. The vehicles were built at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., plant.

The recall expands on Nissan’s call back in September of 220,423 2013 Altima cars for the same problem, which stemmed from its investigation of a single incident in an Altima. Nissan shifted its investigation to the Pathfinder and similar models after getting a report late last year of a possibly malfunctioning Pathfinder hood latch.

Nissan dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable.