really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,114 miles

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2013 Nissan Versa brakes problems

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2013 Nissan Versa Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jul 012016


  • 50,512 miles


The contact owned a 2013 Nissan Versa. While driving 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact was rendered unconscious from the air bag deployment. The contact was transported to the hospital for injuries that required medical attention. The front and rear seat passengers sustained seat belt burns. The rear seat passenger also suffered a displaced hip. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V507000 (service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,512. The vehicle was destroyed.

- Fitzgerald, GA, USA

problem #21

Sep 162016


  • 115,000 miles
While operating my vehicle on a highway, at approximately 75mph, traffic slowed and I lightly depressed my brake pedal to slow my vehicle in response and no braking was detected. I pressed the pedal further to no avail. The brake pedal had to be pressed all the way to the floor before the brakes finally engaged. Thankfully, I was traveling at a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of me. Nevertheless, the experience was unsettling. Normal brake operation resumed for a short time. Within 25 miles of the last occurrence, I once again experienced the excessive brake pedal travel, followed by normal brake operation. I cautiously made my way to a Nissan dealership the next morning. The car was inspected, and the dealership confirmed the cause of the problem to be a leak in the master cylinder. Despite the 115000 miles on my vehicle, I find it quite terrifying that the failure of a component could put my occupant and I in such a perilous situation without any warning whatsoever. I have contacted the manufacture, and am awaiting further assistance/remedy.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #20

Jul 252016


  • 47,000 miles
Driving in a straight line on a highway going 65 mph, stepped on brake pedal and it went all the way to the floor- no brakes at all. Coasted to slow down and tried again at 55 mph and brakes worked. Am trying to get ahold of dealership.

- Knoxville, MD, USA

problem #19

Oct 202015


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Versa. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle did not respond when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a fence. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The contact suffered whiplash and injuries to the neck, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #18

Jun 242015


  • 30,000 miles
Foot caught between pedals car would not brake or stop

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #17

Apr 092014


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Versa. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle changed into different gears and the brake pedal extended to the floorboard when it was depressed. There were no warning lights illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired with a new transmission, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Hendderson , NV, USA

problem #16

Feb 262015


  • 35,287 miles


This is an event similar to ODI resume (PE 14-018) opened on 06/24/2014 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Similar to complainant, voq 10597004, my foot was trapped by the trim panel. Panel is located next to the accelerator pedal and the lower corner is positioned such that it is near the right outer edge of the driver's shoe. Also similar to complainant 10573057, when attempting to remove my foot from the accelerator pedal to apply the brake, my shoe was caught by the trim panel which delayed braking ability several times. It is important to note that this vehicle was purchased from a rental facility, enterprise car sales in elmwood park, NJ. The photographs in ODI resume PE 14-018 illustrate the same safety issue I am having with my vehicle.... updated 03/19/15 updated 6/18/2015

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #15

Feb 132015

Versa 4-cyl

  • 17,845 miles
I was parked in the driveway. I applied the brakes and slowly started backing down the sloped driveway, as it started rolling back faster I applied the brakes harder and they didn't work. Instead the pedal went to the floor with no response. The car continued to roll backwards and I pumped the brakes to try and get a response and just as it reached the street the brakes finally clicked back on.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 112014


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Versa. While at a complete stop, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled abruptly to the floorboard. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,000.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #13

Sep 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Versa. When the vehicle reached a complete stop and the brake pedal was applied, the vehicle rolled forward. As a result, the contact was involved in a fender bender. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #12

Sep 092014


  • 39,000 miles


I was driving on interstate 55 South. I heard a pop on the driver's side and the car crossed over into the passing lane and hit the rail. I lost all control of the car. I have injuries such as back strain, whiplash, hand contusion and thigh contusion. The car is totaled and the brake is defective and the axel on the front car is broken. I could have been killed. It is a miracle that I am alive. I was sold a defective car. I only had the car one month.

- Charleston, MO, USA

problem #11

Jul 022014


  • 15,000 miles
Brakes making hollow noise when come to stop.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #10

Jun 202014

Versa 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
My brake pedal will sink to the floor if I press hard on it with my foot and keep pressing. I looked at my brake fluid reservoir and it is at the normal 'full' mark. My Nissan dealer says that the pedal keeps moving because the ABS is modulating my brake pedal and that nothing is wrong with my brakes.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #9

Oct 312013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 9,700 miles
My 2013 Nissan Versa had no brakes as I was backing out of the parking spot this morning. The only way to stop it was the emergency brake. Luckily I was going slowly as I just picked up a friend from having surgery and was backing. A bright red brake light came on. I put the car in park and turned it off. I restarted it and still had no brakes but the bright red light was glowing. I tried pumping the brake pedal without any change. So I turned the car off again and the third time the red light went off as I pumped the brakes and I seemed to have pedal again. So I called & left 2 messages with the service dept of my dealer which were not answered. I drove home very carefully(approx. 20 mi.) without any problem since I still had the patient with me I picked up from the hospital. I called the dealer a third time & was told by the service dept. That it was not safe to drive & they would tow it. Thirty minutes later they told me if they could not find the problem the towing bill would be mine. I am afraid to drive this car. I am a 67 year old senior citizen living on a fixed income & they want me to bring it to them(approx. 35mi).

- Kingston, OK, USA

problem #8

Oct 292013


  • 9,500 miles
I took my new 2013 Nissan Versa back for the new brakes shoes as directed by my dealer. I am told they replaced the back brake pads and had to turn the rotors. I have never had a new car with this kind of issue. The man who talked to me talked about dust and rust as possible reasons or even setting a car up & not using it...my car is always parked inside and an 8 month old car with nine thousands miles plus hardly "sets up." I want to carry my grandchildren in this car & now fear there is a defect in the braking system. The squealing crunching sound the car was making is gone.

- Kingston, OK, USA

problem #7

Jul 012013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 6,300 miles
My rear brakes started squealing just after 6300 miles, not consistently. My dealer checked them & said they were fine. Today I took it back and was told the rear pads needed to be replaced. My car has just over 9,000 miles on it currently. I looked this problem up on Nissan blogs and found many others experiencing similar brake problems.

- Kingston, OK, USA

problem #6

Sep 302013


  • 11,752 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Versa. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the braking system malfunctioned. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test where the ABS chip was replaced. The contact was later driving 55 mph when the brakes were applied and abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the master cylinder was replaced but still, did not correct the failure. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer but the dealer refused service to the contact. The failure mileage was 11,752.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 302013


  • 11,752 miles
I have been having my car run very rough after these 2 reparis on my brakes. One for the ABS and the other for my master cylinder. I am stil experiencing brake problems. When I stop the cars brakes will hault suddenly or change sensitivity I have brought my car to lokey Nissan and auto nation Nissan and have been refused service.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 172013

Versa 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
Once I was driving and my car shut off and I was unable to use my brakes. The second time I was driving and my brakes were very soft and didn't have a quick enough brake response. I don't feel safe in my new car and Nissan won't replace my car or give me my money back.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 222013


  • 4,725 miles
I left work at 11:30 pm and as I proceeded to stop sign my brakes failed and no ABS lights came on., I was pushing all the way down I am lucky I made it home safely. I went to the dealership and my master cylinder failed. I did some research and other 2013 Versa had the same issues and theses cars was assembled in Mexico with the VIN 3N1. I just came back from a long trip from New Jersey I just thank god my brakes didn't fail on the interstate I could have of been killed. Something needs be done before someone gets killed.

- Hamlet , NC, USA

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