US: NHTSA probes Nissan’s Versa image

According to complaints sent to the US safety regulator, the Nissan Versa is being plagued by an unwanted speed gain caused by a possible fault in a carpet cover trim panel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown in a document posted online over the week-end it’s moved to open a preliminary investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa, Versa Sedan and Versa Note, model years 2012-2014.

“I attempted to remove my foot from the gas pedal, but could not, because my foot was stuck,” said one complaint on the website. “The plastic piece that covers the center console extends around to just next to the gas pedal… The corner of that plastic panel wedged between the sole and leather upper of my work boots, preventing me from taking my foot off the gas pedal.”

“We’ve just been made of aware of it and we will be cooperating fully with that investigation,” said a Nissan spokesman.

According to the preliminary investigation’s filling, the NHTSA has announced that so far it received four complaints on the matter, in which the tunnel carpet cover trim panel interferes with the driver’s ability to lift its foot of the gas pedal and apply the brakes. The preliminary probe is only the first step in the process that could eventually lead to a recall.

Via Reuters