Government investigating Nissan Versa for carpeting that can catch on the driver's foot

Markets Associated Press

The government is investigating the Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompact cars because the driver's foot can allegedly get caught in the trim panel that holds the carpet.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been looking into the issue since last June. This week, the agency said it is no longer looking at 2012 and 2013 models of the Versa, which don't have the same trim panel design. But it's still investigating 360,000 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

NHTSA has received at least one report of a crash in which the trim panel allegedly delayed the driver's ability to apply the brakes. The driver sustained minor injuries.

NHTSA and Nissan also have received 24 complaints about the issue.

Nissan says it's cooperating with the investigation.