The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened up a probe for the 2012 Nissan Versa after it was found that its steering wheel airbag may not deploy in a collision.
The probe covers 100,000 Nissan Versas sold in the U.S. It was found that the airbags in some cars were being pinched in their steering columns, preventing them from possibly working in an accident. However, the NHTSA has also reported that during its probe no owners have reported their cars malfunctioning.
With NHTSA investigations, probes are often the first step in seeing whether or not a vehicle has malfunctions serious enough to warrant a recall. They’re not uncommon. Often, if deemed less serious, an automaker will simply send out a technical service bulletin to be performed when a customer takes his or her car in for scheduled maintenance.
The 2012 Nissan Versa comes in two wholly separate models, a hatchback based on the previous-generation platform and a sedan that was introduced as an all-new vehicle for 2012. At the time of this writing, it had not been determined if one model was called into question over the other or if both versions were being investigated. We’ll keep you updated with further information as it is released.
Source: Reuters via Chicago Tribune