AIRBAG ISSUE: US safety regulators are investigating an airbag issue affecting thousands of Nissan Versa models (also known as the Tiida in SA). Image: Motorpress
Detroit - The US government is investigating complaints that side air bags on some Nissan Versa (also known as the Tiida in South Africa) models can inflate if the driver or passenger doors are slammed too hard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers about 155 000 cars from the 2012 model year.
The agency says it has three complaints that the side curtain and seat-mounted thorax airbags can inflate when the doors are shut, possibly when they're slammed too hard.
The agency will determine how often the problem happens and decide if a recall is needed.
Nissan said in a statement on Tuesday that it is investigating the issue and working with safety regulators to answer their questions.
Nissan SA confirms that local models are not affected.