Feds Probe 2012-'14 Nissan Versa, Versa Note for Pedal Operation Interference


  • 2014 Nissan Versa Picture

    2014 Nissan Versa Picture

    NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 360,000 2012-'14 Nissan Versa sedans and Nissan Versa Note hatchbacks after consumer complaints of pedal operation interference. | June 30, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 360,000 2012-'14 Nissan Versa sedans and Nissan Versa Note hatchbacks after consumer complaints of pedal operation interference.
  • "Drivers describe incidents of interference between the tunnel carpet cover trim panel and the driver's right shoe when attempting to release the accelerator pedal, allegedly resulting in brief incidents of unwanted acceleration or delayed brake application," NHTSA said on Saturday.
  • Two of the four complainants note that the vehicles were rental cars.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 360,000 2012-'14 Nissan Versa sedans and Nissan Versa Note hatchbacks after consumer complaints of pedal operation interference.

"Drivers describe incidents of interference between the tunnel carpet cover trim panel and the driver's right shoe when attempting to release the accelerator pedal, allegedly resulting in brief incidents of unwanted acceleration or delayed brake application," NHTSA said on Saturday.

Two of the four complainants note that the vehicles were rental cars. No reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities were listed.

"One complainant alleges that their foot was trapped by the trim panel such that they had to use their right hand to grab their leg and pull up to get their foot free, almost causing a crash during the event," NHTSA said in its summary of the probe. "The trim panel in question is located next to the accelerator pedal and the lower corner is positioned such that it is near the right outer edge of the driver's shoe."

Another complaint alleges that "when attempting to remove their foot from the accelerator pedal to apply the brake, their shoe was caught by the trim panel which delayed braking ability several times," NHTSA said.

"Nissan received a request for information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning four customer complaints on MY2012-2014 Versa vehicles," wrote Steve Yaeger, a Nissan spokesman, in response to a query from Edmunds. "We are cooperating fully with the agency's request.

"Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and seeks to provide an outstanding ownership experience to Nissan Versa owners. We look forward to discussing this matter with the agency, and we will carefully review their request. As always, we will work with the regulators to fully answer their questions."

Federal safety regulators have opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the matter. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: The 2012-'14 Nissan Versa and Versa Note have not been recalled at this point. Consumers will have to wait until federal safety regulators finish their work before taking any action. But if you have a problem with your vehicle, take it into your dealership.

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