As we head into September, the Nissan Versa is making headlines in more ways than one.
Tuesday, Nissan announced U.S. pricing won’t change for the 2016 Nissan Versa Sedan, now on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. It will remain the same at $11,990 for the Versa Sedan S with 5-speed manual transmission.
The pricing info comes days after Nissan issued a recall for 300,000 older model Versa compact sedans. The problem is that a trim piece on the center consoe could snag the driver’s foot and interfere with braking or accelerating. It follows an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into 11 complaints from owners and Nissan says it knows of one crash related to the issue. The recall impacts Versa sedans from the 2012-2015 model years.
According to the New York Times, Nissan told federal regulators its remedy is to shorten the trim piece because “in certain rare instances, a driver’s shoe could contact the edge of the center console lower trim panel and potentially impede smooth pedal operation.”
Nissan said in March it started shortening the plastic panel on new vehicles, but it did not consider the snagging to be a safety problem. Instead, it told regulators that it would have a “service campaign” and would trim the panel on older models.
But regulators insisted on a recall, which is more demanding and includes requiring an automaker to report completion rates with the possibility of fines for failing to follow federal regulations.