Nissan North America has issued a recall for the 2012 Nissan Versa. At issue is a flaw in the vehicle's transmission that could cause a collision with other vehicles or injury to pedestrians.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Nissan Versas from the 2012 model year may experience interference between the shifter rod and the shifter knob. In these vehicles, a driver might be able to shift the car out of park without depressing the brake pedal. Depending on the location of the car at the time, that could cause the Versa to roll into another vehicle or a pedestrian, potentially resulting in serious injury.
The problem affect Versas with automatic transmissions that were manufactured between June 9, 2011 and January 13, 2012. In all, some 36,608 vehicles are affected by the recall.
Nissan has said that it will begin sending out notice of the recall by February 20. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicle to a Nissan dealer, who will inspect and replace the shifter knob or the shifter assembly as needed, free of charge.
If you have questions in the meantime, we suggest you contact your local Nissan dealer, or ring Nissan's corporate offices at 800-647-7261. You can also call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #12V032000.