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NHTSA Investigates Nissan Versa for Power Loss While Driving

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  April 18, 2024

If you’re a Nissan Versa owner, you may want to pay attention to recent news. The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the Nissan Versa after receiving multiple complaints about power loss while driving. This investigation, prompted by 20 official complaints and field reports, aims to determine the cause of the issue and whether it poses a safety risk to drivers.


What Is the NHTSA Investigating?

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is looking into reports of power loss in Nissan Versa vehicles with manual transmissions. Owners have reported instances where their cars stall and go into limp mode, resulting in limited torque and an inability to maintain speed or accelerate above 30mph. These incidents have occurred both on highways and in city traffic.

Owner complaints suggest that the power loss occurs when the clutch is released too quickly or for other reasons. Once the car goes into limp mode, a restart is required to reset the computer and restore normal function.


Which Models Are Affected?

The investigation covers Nissan Versa vehicles from the model years 2022 to 2024. Specifically, it focuses on those with manual transmissions. Versa models with automatic transmissions are omitted.


What Are Nissan Versa Owners Saying?

Several owners have shared their experiences and frustrations in online forums and official complaints. One person reported that their car experienced severe power loss while attempting to pass another vehicle. Another mentioned their car would only accelerate up to 55 miles per hour.

Owners have expressed concerns about the lack of warning signs before the power loss occurs. They’ve also reported instances where they’ve taken their vehicles to Nissan dealerships for inspection and couldn’t find a resolution. Some believe the problem is a manufacturing defect related to the car’s electric control module and its response to engine stalls.


Can Stalling Problems Make My Car a Lemon?

In California, a vehicle might be a lemon if it has a substantial defect that impairs its use, value, or safety and can’t be repaired after a reasonable amount of repair attempts.

To determine if your car meets this criteria, keep detailed records of power loss incidents, repair attempts, and any communication with Nissan or authorized repair facilities. It’s also important to consult an experienced lemon law attorney who can evaluate your case.


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