NHTSA launches preliminary probe into 360,000 Versa models over unintended acceleration

Article by Christian A., on July 1, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation into 360,000 of MY2012-2014 Nissan Versa, Versa sedan and Versa Note models after receiving four complaints that the tunnel carpet cover trim panel was trapping the edge of the driver's shoe, thereby interfering with the driver's ability to cut acceleration and to apply the brakes.

One complaint said that the driver attempted but could remove a foot from the gas pedal, since it was stuck. The driver said that the corner of a plastic panel wedged between the sole and leather upper of the work boots, preventing the customer to his/her foot off the gas pedal.

Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger confirmed the preliminary investigation opened by the NHTSA, adding that the carmaker will be cooperating fully with it.

A preliminary investigation is the initial step in a process that could result to a recall if NHTSA determine that a safety issue has to be addressed by a manufacturer.

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