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  • Image Credit: Nissan
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  • Image Credit: Nissan
  • Image Credit: Nissan
  • Image Credit: Nissan
  • Image Credit: Nissan
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Nissan is issuing two recalls that affect a total of 300,301 vehicles in the US. By far the larger of the two covers 298,747 examples of the 2012-2015 Versa and 2014-2015 Versa Note. The center console trim panel on these vehicles can catch a driver's shoe when it's moving from the acclerator to the brake. The delay could potentially cause an accident. To fix things dealers will modify the part, and owners will start being notified in mid-October.

NHTSA has been investigating this issue since 2014. The agency moved it from a preliminary evaluation into an engineering analysis earlier this year. At that time there was one crash with minor injuries, among the complaints of the problem.

The second recall covers 1,554 examples of the 2015 Nissan Armada with manufacturing dates between April 30, 2015, and June 5, 2015. On them the driver and front passenger seatbelts might not latch properly, or they might not unlatch when the button is pressed. Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the necessary assemblies if necessary, and the campaign will start in early October.


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RECALL Subject : Lower Trim Panel may Impede Pedal Operation , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)
Report Receipt Date: AUG 12, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V507000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC , VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 298,747

All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
NISSAN VERSA 2012-2015
NISSAN VERSA NOTE 2014-2015

Details
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Nissan Versa sedan vehicles manufactured June 9, 2011, to March 11, 2015, and 2014-2015 Nissan Versa Note vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to March 11, 2015. The affected vehicles have a center console trim panel that may catch the driver's shoe and delay the transition from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal.

CONSEQUENCE:
A delay in the application of the brake pedal would lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will modify the console trim panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-October 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

1 Associated Investigation(s)

NHTSA Action Number: EA15003 Pedal Operation Interference

SUMMARY:

On June 24, 2014, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened PE14-018 to investigate allegations that the tunnel carpet cover trim panel on model year (MY) 2012 through 2014 Nissan Versa, Versa Sedan and Versa Note vehicles has, in certain situations, interfered with the driver's ability to promptly release the accelerator pedal and transition to the brake pedal. This may result in delayed brake application or brief incidents of unwanted acceleration. At the opening of PE14-018, ODI had identified one complaint, VOQ 10597004, alleging that the driver's foot became caught by the subject trim panel to the extent that the driver decided that it was necessary to pull on their leg to get the foot free of the interference, almost causing a crash. The trim panel in question (Figure 1) 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. The complainant supplied a photograph (Figure 2) showing how the edge of the panel wedged itself in the driver's shoe. Complainant 10573057 alleged that when attempting to remove their foot from the accelerator pedal to apply the brake, their shoe was caught by the trim panel which delayed braking ability several times. During the investigation, ODI received a VOQ, 10614957, that alleged that the driver's foot was interfered with by the trim panel, delaying the driver's ability to apply the brakes, resulting in a crash and minor injuries to the driver. In addition, ODI has received VOQs alleging that the HVAC relay actuator, Figures 3 and 4, can also interfere with the driver's ability to react quickly to apply the brakes. MY 2015 Versa Sedan and Note vehicles have been added to the scope of the investigation as they are believed to have the same panel design and actuator placement as the subject vehicles. An Engineering Analysis has been opened to asses the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. The subject vehicles from PE14-018 have been revised to exclude the MY 2012 Versa models because they do not use the same trim panel design. The VOQs associated with this investigation are: 10649259, 10614957, 10610356, 10606766, 10606670, 10597004, 10498000, 10640644, 10606832, 10573057, and 10503811.


RECALL Subject : Seat Belts may not Latch or may not Unlatch
Report Receipt Date: AUG 10, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V501000
Component(s): SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,554

All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
NISSAN ARMADA 2015
Details

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2015 Nissan Armada vehicles manufactured April 30, 2015, to June 5, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been built with driver or front passenger seat belt assemblies that may not properly latch or that may not unlatch when the release button is pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection" and number 209, " Seat Belt Assemblies."

CONSEQUENCE:
A seat belt that does not properly latch would not restrain a user, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash. A seat belt that does not properly unlatch when the release button is pressed may prevent the occupant from quickly exiting the vehicle in a emergency, such as after a crash, increasing their risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the both front seat belt buckle assemblies, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by early October 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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