WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 14,595 vehicles, including the 2014 Nissan Versa sedan, because the engine may shut off unexpectedly while the vehicle is being driven, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A stop-sale order is in effect at Nissan dealerships until the vehicles can be fixed.
"When exposed to hot temperatures, the affected vehicles have an engine start/stop button that may stick inside the button housing," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If the button gets stuck in the housing, road vibrations may cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash."
The airbags may also fail to deploy in such a scenario.
Nisan told federal safety regulators there are no injuries linked to the recall and that manufacturing issues that caused the problem have since been corrected.
The affected Versas were built from July 16, 2013 to January 29, 2014. The affected Cubes were built from July 3, 2013 to October 21, 2013, while the affected Jukes were built from July 3, 2013 to October 22, 2013.
This is part of a larger global recall of 271,431 Nissan vehicles.
Nissan dealers will modify the start/stop switch housing. The recall is expected to begin in late August. Owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Edmunds says: Nissan told NHTSA these vehicles are safe to drive. Parts are on the way to dealers now and owners should make arrangements to have the cars fixed as soon as possible.