Feds Open Probe Into 2013-'14 Nissan Sentra and Versa for Braking Problems | Edmunds

Feds Open Probe Into 2013-'14 Nissan Sentra and Versa for Braking Problems


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 200,000 2013-'14 Nissan Sentra and Versa cars after consumer complaints of braking problems.
  • NHTSA said it has received eight complaints of alleged incidents of excessive brake pedal travel in the cars.
  • One complaint about a 2013 Nissan Sentra filed this March said the "brakes were applied and abnormally traveled to the floorboard."

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 200,000 2013-'14 Nissan Sentra and Versa cars after consumer complaints of braking problems.

NHTSA said it has received eight complaints of alleged incidents of excessive brake pedal travel in the cars.

One complaint about a 2013 Nissan Sentra filed this March said the "brakes were applied and abnormally traveled to the floorboard."

"The vehicle did not respond to braking attempts and the contact had to repeatedly pump the brake to stop the vehicle," said the complaint, which was posted on the NHTSA Web site. "The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that both master wheel cylinders would need to be replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 22,488."

The reports date back to late 2012 and sometimes involve cars with few miles on them. One complaint said a 2013 Sentra only had 143 miles on the odometer when it developed alleged braking problems.

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the cars, which sometimes precedes a vehicle recall.

"Nissan received a request for information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning eight customer complaints of excessive brake pedal travel feel on model year 2013 and 2014 Versa and Sentra vehicles," wrote Steve Yaeger, a Nissan spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query on Tuesday.

"Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and seeks to provide an outstanding ownership experience to Nissan Versa and Sentra owners. We will carefully review this issue and, as always, work with the regulators to answer their questions."

Edmunds says: These cars have not been recalled. If you own one of them and are experiencing a problem, get it into your dealership immediately.

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