"Due to a problem with the shift selector knob, it may be possible to shift out of the 'Park' position without depressing the brake pedal," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "The vehicle may unexpectedly roll, increasing the risk of a crash."
Drivers may also be unable to remove the ignition key from the vehicle.
Nissan told federal safety regulators there are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
A stop-sale order is in effect until the vehicles are repaired.
The affected Rogue SUVs were built from February 10, 2015 to May 13, 2015.
The problem has been traced to a supplier manufacturing issue that has since been corrected, Nissan said.
Edmunds says: Nissan said owners can continue to drive these vehicles "at their discretion," but should make arrangements to have them fixed as soon as possible.