Carpet Trim Panel in Nissan Versa Vehicles Subject of New NHTSA Investigation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into model year 2012-2014 Nissan Versa, Versa Sedan and Versa Note vehicles. This investigation affects 336,000 Versa vehicles.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received four owner complaints alleging that the tunnel carpet cover trim panel on the Nissan Versa vehicles in question has trapped the edge of the driver's shoe. The alleged condition interfered with the driver's ability to reduce the rate of acceleration as desired and also interfered with the driver's ability to apply the brakes when needed.
The trim panel in question is located next to the accelerator pedal and the lower corner is positioned such that it is near the right outer edge of the driver's shoe.
According to one of the complaints, the driver's foot was trapped by the trim panel such that he had to use his right hand to grab his leg and pull up to get his foot free, almost causing a crash during the event. Other complaints report delayed braking due to the driver's shoe getting caught by the trim panel.
ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE) to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. This investigation could eventually lead to a safety recall of all affected Nissan Versa vehicles.