US investigating 360,000 Nissan cars for unintended speeding

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The US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced it was investigating Nissan sedans for problems decelerating, and Chrysler pickups for transmission chain problems.

Nissan is being probed over 360,000 Nissan Versa and Versa Note vehicles manufactured between 2012-2014.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Saturday on its website that four drivers have complained 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 and delay braking.

In the Chrysler case, the NHTSA  said it had received 15 complaints so far involving transmission chains and unintended stopping of vehicles.  It involves about 260,000 Dodge and Ram 1500 pickups made in 2005.

A preliminary investigation is the first step in a process that could lead to a recall if regulators determine that a safety issue needs to be addressed by a manufacturer.

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