Nissan North America Inc. has recalled nearly 300,000 Versa and Versa Note cars because a piece of plastic near the vehicles’ acceleration pedal traps some drivers’ shoes and prevents them from quickly hitting the brakes. The automaker has recalled 298,747 vehicles among its model year 2012-2015 Nissan Versas and 2014-2015 Nissan Versa Notes in order to fix the vehicles’ center console trim panel, which some drivers have reported catches on their shoes and keeps them from being able to effectively brake. In its report to the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the recall, Nissan said drivers’ shoes can impede smooth pedal operation in rare instances and sometimes even catch to the trim, causing a delay in the smooth transition between the accelerator pedal and brake pedal. The automaker said:
If the driver’s shoe catches the edge of the center console trim panel, it could cause a slight delay in the smooth transition between the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal, which may increase the braking distance, therefore increasing the risk of a crash.
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