The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into Versa vehicles manufactured by Nissan North America Inc. with side air bags that may deploy inadvertently when the vehicle’s door is shut. The probe was initiated by the agency’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI). The probe covers an estimated 155,000 model year 2012 Nissan Versas. At press time, there had been three complaints to NHTSA relating to the possible defect. ODI said:
The complaints indicate the driver or passenger curtain and seat mounted air bags deployed when the front door on the affected side was shut, possibly in an aggressive manner.
NHTSA received the three complaints within a four-month span in 2015. The first complaint came to the agency on July 6, two days after the alleged incident, which took place in Lansing, Ill. The second came on July 27, reporting an incident from October 2012. The third reported incident took place in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 22 and was reported to NHTSA less than two weeks later.
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