The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a new defect investigation affecting certain model year 2008-2010 Nissan Versa vehicles.
An estimated 130,000 Versas could be impacted.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 93 vehicle owner complaints alleging incidents of front suspension coil spring fracture in the subject Versa vehicles.
ODI says that preliminary analysis of the complaints indicates that the coil spring failures occur without warning and can happen at any speed.
According to one complaint, the passenger-side coil spring fractured while the car was traveling at 65 mph and caused a sudden tire failure by cutting the inner sidewall 360 degrees. Another complaint reported that the passenger-side coil spring fractured while traveling at 40 mph and resulted in tire puncture and brake line failure.
ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation investigation to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.
The vehicle owner complaints referenced above can be reviewed online at SaferCar.gov.
Vehicle owners with further questions about this investigation or the alleged defect can contact NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236.