NHTSA probes Nissan cars for ‘unintended acceleration’ problem – Delhi Daily News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US has launched a probe against complaints that a trim panel can cause unwanted acceleration in Nissan Versa small cars.

The probe covers about 360,000 Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompacts manufactured from 2012 to 2014.

The NHTSA on Saturday posted some documents on its website saying that it had received complaints from four drivers who said that a trim panel near the gas pedal can trap the edge of the shoe of a driver.

This flaw can prevent the driver from releasing the gas pedal quickly and delay braking.

Though no injuries or crashes have been reported due to this malfunction, one driver complained of a close call on June 9 at an intersection.

The driver told the NHTSA that as he accelerated to make a left turn, a plastic trim panel covering the center console trapped the shoe of the driver and stopped it from moving off the gas pedal.

“I used my right hand to grab my leg and pulled harder, immediately braking hard, then backing my foot off the brake as I squealed and skidded around the corner, almost going over the curb and crashing,” the driver wrote.

The driver claimed that the edge of the trim piece wasn’t secured and it trapped the sole of his boot. The NHTSA did not reveal the identity of the drivers who file complaints but it is learned that two of the four complaints were from drivers of rental cars.

NHTSA probes Nissan cars for ‘unintended acceleration’ problem – Delhi Daily News

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