August 17, 2012 / 1:27 PM / in 6 years

NHTSA probes possible airbag defect in 2012 Nissan Versa

(Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that a damaged cable assembly in the 2012 Nissan Versa could prevent its airbag from deploying in a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said its investigation covered an estimated 100,000 Versas sold in the United States.

NHTSA, which has opened a preliminary investigation, said Nissan had notified it that the airbag cable assembly was founded pinched within the steering column on some Versas.

“Damage or a short to this cable may cause the airbag to not deploy, which poses a safety risk,” said NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigation.

A NHTSA defect investigation can lead to a safety recall.

The safety agency said it had received no complaints or reports of failures.

Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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