The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a second investigation into Nissan in May. The first covered inaccurate fuel gauges in the 2007 Quest minivan. The latest affects the Sentra and Versa from the 2013 and 2014 model years and the 2014 Versa Note, because of complaints of long brake pedal travel. If NHTSA finds a problem, it could affect an estimated 200,000 vehicles.

At the moment, this is still only a preliminary evaluation "to asses the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect," according to the report, but it could lead to the full recall. NHTSA is still trying to find whether or not there are accidents, injuries or fatalities related to the problem. At this time, much of the data in the document is still marked Confidential or TBD. Nissan told Reuters in a statement that the company is working with the agency on the investigation and supplying the regulator with further information.

According to NHTSA, its Office of Defects Investigation has received eight complaints about long pedal travel in these models. They allege that the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor when pressed in some cases and doesn't sufficiently slow the vehicle. Autoblog has contacted Nissan for its reaction to the investigation. We will update this story when we receive a reply. Until then, scroll down to read the current investigation report.
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ODI RESUME

Investigation: PE 14-014
Date Opened: 05/20/2014
Investigator: Kerrin Bressant
Reviewer: Jeff Quandt
Approver: Greg Magno
Subject: Excessive brake pedal travel

MANUFACTURER & PRODUCT INFORMATION
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Products: 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra and Versa
Population: 200,000 (Estimated)
Problem Description: Complaints allege incidents of excessive brake pedal travel.

FAILURE REPORT SUMMARY

ODI

Manufacturer

Total

Complaints:

8

0

8

Crashes/Fires:

0

0

TBD

Injury Incidents:

0

0

TBD

Fatality Incidents:

0

0

TBD

Other*:

0

Confidential

Confidential

*Description of Other: Early Warning Reporting (EWR) field report data.

ACTION / SUMMARY INFORMATION
Action: A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened.

Summary:
The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 8 complaints (VOQs) alleging incidents of excessive brake pedal travel in model year (MY) 2013 through 2014 Nissan Sentra and Versa passenger cars. In addition, ODI has identified Early Warning Reporting (EWR) field report data related to excessive brake pedal travel in the subject vehicles. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to asses the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.

VOQs associated with the opening of this investigation are: 10584374, 10578529, 10550403, 10546265, 10531596, 10515614, 10514831 and 10487647.



INVESTIGATION Subject : Excessive brake pedal travel
Date Investigation Opened: MAY 20, 2014
Date Investigation Closed: Open
NHTSA Action Number: PE14014
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
All Products Associated with this Investigation:

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
NISSAN SENTRA 2013-2014
NISSAN VERSA 2013-2014
NISSAN VERSA NOTE 2014

Details
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
SUMMARY:The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 8 complaints (VOQs) alleging incidents of excessive brake pedal travel in model year (MY) 2013 through 2014 Nissan Sentra and Versa passenger cars. In addition, ODI has identified Early Warning Reporting (EWR) field report data related to excessive brake pedal travel in the subject vehicles. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to asses the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. VOQs associated with the opening of this investigation are: 10584374, 10578529, 10550403, 10546265, 10531596, 10515614, 10514831 and 10487647.


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  • 13 Comments
      Larry Litmanen
      • 7 Months Ago
      Did Nissan forget to install brakes or did they install breaks from a different car...........................like GM did.
      carguy1701
      • 7 Months Ago
      The shitbox has shitty brakes? Color me shocked.
      BB79826
      • 7 Months Ago
      ANYONE who buys a new Nissan/Infiniti should have their head examined. The obvious steps back in quality have been staggering and sad. Considering how competitive the Altima and G35 were, it's sad to see what it's become.
        RM
        • 7 Months Ago
        @BB79826
        You haven't been inside the new Infiniti or Altima. The worst part of the new Altima is the CVT 8. If Nissan were to put a step transmission in their vehicles they would eliminate many of the issues. The Infiniti may not handle like the g35 but it is leaps and bounds better in terms of quality.
          carguy1701
          • 7 Months Ago
          @RM
          I'll never understand why people keep buying FF Nissans with the CVT, given all the things I've heard about it. I guess Nissan thinks that Americans are stupid enough to buy a transmission that breaks constantly. Sadly, they appear to be right.
        RM
        • 7 Months Ago
        @BB79826
        You haven't been inside the new Infiniti or Altima. The worst part of the new Altima is the CVT 8. If Nissan were to put a step transmission in their vehicles they would eliminate many of the issues. The Infiniti may not handle like the g35 but it is leaps and bounds better in terms of quality.
      John Culver
      • 7 Months Ago
      "A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to asses the scope" Its very important to to leave the extra s off or assess becomes asses and you look like an ass. In this case it appears to be the govt's fault LOL
      George Strickland
      • 7 Months Ago
      i guess all the aholes that are always knocking on general motors will give Nissan a pass since they are built by frekin japs
        matt
        • 6 Months Ago
        @George Strickland
        Nissans are built strictly in Mississippi and Tennessee. Hence the company name "Nissan of North America" (NNA). Dumbass.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      They need to investigate the one that comes without a steering connection to the wheels.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd take a fully loaded Cobalty over one of these - the CVT is bad.
      mikemaj82
      • 7 Months Ago
      Uh oh. A second investigation. Watch out, Nissan is going under! They're gonna die!!!
      Cruising
      • 7 Months Ago
      LMAO, people moaning about CVT's, what does that even have to do with this topic? If you don't like them stop worrying about. You all sound like broken records. Nissan makes plenty of cars with manual transmissions and regular geared automatics where they are applicable.
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