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.

Most of the visual tweaks made on the 2015 Versa Sedan centered on its more aggressive front end. Its new face is now defined by larger headlights, a more substantial fascia as well as a grille with standard chrome plating. All of these new cues help identify the new Versa Sedan with other Nissan offerings like the Altima, Maxima and Sentra.

In addition, the new 2015 Versa Sedan comes with a new fog light finisher, a more dynamic rear fascia, as well as new side mirror designs for SV and SL trim levels (SL comes with integrated turn signals). SV models, meanwhile, could be availed with new Versa Sedan-exclusive 15-inch V-spoke aluminum alloy rims. The 2015 Versa Sedan also features a fixed roof antenna, chrome door handles as well as front fog lights. B-pillars could also be blacked out.

Loing remarked that the exterior enhancements gave the new Versa Sedan a stronger, more contemporary presence, while allowing the vehicle to retain its efficient dimensions and packaging.

Thanks to smart aerodynamic engineering, the new Versa Sedan – especially its Xtronic-equipped models – boasts of a coefficient of drag value of just 0.288 Cd, allowing the car to achieve an excellent real-world fuel economy.

Two new exterior colors have been added to the color palette for the new Versa Sedan; Amethyst Gray and Graphite Blue. This is in addition to Brilliant Silver, Fresh Powder, Metallic Blue, Red Brick, Super Black and Titanium.

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