May 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

NHTSA investigates brake problems in 200,000 Nissan cars

2013 Nissan Sentra (Nissan)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday it is opening an investigation into 200,000 Nissan cars over braking problems.

The federal safety agency said the preliminary probe covers 2013-14 Nissan Sentra and Versa cars after it received eight complaints alleging incidents of excessive brake pedal travel dating back to late 2012.

One complaint filed in March reported the brakes started to shake and then said "sometime the brake will release on its own and the car will jump forward." The owner reported the Nissan dealer could not duplicate the problem,

Many of the complaints say the problems happened soon after the vehicles were purchased. One said a 2013 Sentra with 143 miles had significant problems. At a red light, the car started to move forward even with the brake pedal deressed. "This incident was very scary to say the least," said the complaint filed in May 2013. "What I cannot understand is how such an important/critical system of a brand new car could fail in four days."

Nissan issued a statement concerning the issue Saturday morning.

“Nissan received a request for information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning eight customer complaints of excessive brake pedal travel feel on MY2013 and 2014 Versa and Sentra vehicles.

“Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and seeks to provide an outstanding ownership experience to Nissan Versa and Sentra owners. We will carefully review this issue and, as always, work with the regulators to answer their questions.”

dshepardson @detroitnews.com