NHTSA Opens Investigation into 500k Nissans with Possible Brake Issues
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said the agency has opened an investigation in roughly 500,000 Nissan vehicles due to complaints about braking problems, according to the Detroit News.
About the NHTSA Nissan Investigation
The preliminary probe will look at approximately 500,000 Nissan Sentras and Versas with model year 2013-2014. The safety agency has said it has received eight complaints about problems with the brakes on the vehicles since late 2012.
One complaint from March said the brakes would “shake” and occasionally the brake would release on its own, causing the vehicle to “jump” forward. Another complaint was from the owner of a vehicle with only 143 miles on it. In that instance, the car started to move forward while stopped at a red light – even though the brake was depressed.
Nissan released a statement saying the company was dedicated to customer satisfaction and would work with NHTSA to answer questions about the vehicles.
Auto Safety Concerns
The Nissan investigation is part of the new era of vehicle safety precautions being taken by safety regulators in the wake of the General Motors ignition recall. The GM recall has spawned an industry-wide concern to be proactive over potential safety defects rather than wait for injuries and crashes to mount.
Over 20 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. now that safety regulators have made it clear that automakers will be held responsible for defects. GM recently agreed to pay the maximum $35 million fine for delaying the ignition recall for over a decade.