Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

DETROIT – Nissan is recalling nearly 930,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide — some for a third time — to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the cars are moving.The new recall covers cars from the 2013 to 2015 model years including 846,000 in the U.S. that were made at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi.Nissan says paint can flake off the latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open. If the main latch isn’t closed and the car is driven, the secondary latch may not hold the hood down, Nissan said in documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.The company says that if the hood opens while the cars are in motion, it could obstruct the driver’s vision and cause a crash. But Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said the company has no reports of any crashes or injuries.Nissan says in two previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, dealers adjusted latches and applied lubricant. But if the lubricant wasn’t put on evenly, the problem could persist.Nissan will notify owners and replace the latches for free starting in mid-February. Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN Africa forum launches highlevel migration panel to help create political momentum

Furthermore, border control measures and stringent policies also prevent Africa from realizing the benefits of migration, underscored Abdalla Hamdok, the Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the launch of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa. “Travel in Africa by Africans is curtailed by stringent visa requirements, excessive border controls and immigration restrictions,” said Mr. Hamdok, noting that it not only increased costs, but multiplied the risks that migrants are forced to undertake. “Data shows that less than three per cent of Africa’s population have migrated internationally and less than 12 per cent of the total migrant [population] in Europe are from Africa,” he added. On top of this, the issue of safe migration for the continent given that every year, thousands of migrants perish while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach mainland Europe. “Just last week, some forty young men and women died of thirst in the Sahara Desert, while trying to reach Europe,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs the High-Level Panel. Maureen Achieng from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also shared this view. “Migration from Africa towards other regions is taking place in a much lower level than one might think,” she said. The 14-member High-Level Panel was established in April last year by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to push migration issues to the top of policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners. Over the next few months, it will hold consultations at the national, regional and global levels and propose recommendations on building and sustaining broad political consensus on the implementation of the international migration development agenda, while taking into account the particular challenges of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations. The report will be submitted to the African Union Summit in July 2018. read more

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