Nissan Motor Co. vehicles, including the 2013 and 2014 model-year Sentra and Versa, are among some 200,000 Nissan vehicles that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating related to complaints that their brakes are not responsive enough. NHTSA has started a preliminary evaluation of the vehicles based on at least eight complaints by drivers that their cars kept driving even while they were holding down the brakes.
According to a Nissan spokesman, the potential problem has not been linked to any accidents or injuries, and those models had not been investigated before for braking issues. Nissan said in March that it is recalling more than a million vehicles worldwide over a sensor defect that could prevent airbags from deploying. The recalled vehicles include certain 2013 and 2014 Nissan Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder and Sentra vehicles and 2013 NV200 and Taxi vehicles. The occupant classification sensor in some of the vehicles may wrongly identify an adult sitting in the front passenger seat as a child or an empty seat, and cause the passenger side air bag to fail to activate in an accident, according to Nissan.
In early May, NHTSA opened an investigation into more than 37,000 model year 2007 minivans manufactured by Nissan in response to complaints that the vehicles show inaccurate fuel tank levels. The agency said it opened a preliminary evaluation after receiving 12 complaints alleging that the 2007 Nissan Quest vehicles stalled because the fuel level reading indicated that there was fuel in the tank when it was actually empty.
NHTSA opened an investigation in April into a fire that started in a Nissan Leaf electric car as it was charging in a consumer’s garage. The regulator launched the probe after receiving a complaint that a model-year 2013 Nissan Leaf began to smoke and burn at its connection point with a Bosch Power Xpress 240V charger, according to NHTSA documents.
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