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Recall: 2012 Nissan Versa for transmission shifting issues

Consumer Reports News: February 10, 2012 10:08 AM

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Nissan North America will recall its 2012 Nissan Versa cars according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Cars equipped with an automatic transmission can be shifted out of Park and into gear without requiring the driver to step on the vehicle's brake—a violation of federal safety standards.

NHTSA says the issue involves the shifter rods and the shifter knob of the automatic transmissions for more than 36,600 Nissan Versa vehicles made from June 2011 to January 2012. The flaw increases the risk of a crash or injuring a pedestrian since drivers could inadvertently cause a parked Nissan Versa to slip into the wrong gear and set the car in motion.

Nissan is expected to notify Versa owners affected by this recall on Feb. 20 and instruct them to bring their vehicles to local dealerships. Mechanics there will inspect and replaces the transmission shifter knob and shifter assembly as needed for free.

For more information, consumers can contact Nissan (toll-free: 800-647-7261) or visit the NHTSA website:

Recall: 2012 Nissan Versa - Transmission; Campaign ID#: 12V032000 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng

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