Feds probe Nissan cars for unwanted acceleration

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Updated: 6/29 2:43 am

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints that a trim panel can trap a driver's foot, causing unwanted acceleration in Nissan Versa small cars.

The probe covers about 360,000 Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompacts from the 2012 through 2014 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has four complaints alleging that a trim panel near the gas pedal can trap the edge of a driver's shoe. This can stop the driver from releasing the gas pedal quickly.

There are no reports of crashes or injuries.

Investigations can lead to recalls but so far there are none in this case. Messages were left seeking comment Saturday from a Nissan spokesman.

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