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Traffic blocked for Highway 42 northbound at I-43 intersection due to tipped tanker truck

TOWN OF SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) -  Traffic is closed to part of the I-43/Highway 42 intersection due to a tipped tanker truck at one of the roundabouts. The incident occurred around 9:45 this morning on the south roundabout, the one closer to Texas Roadhouse and Hardees.  Sheboygan County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Tuttle said the situation is not hazardous and no major leakage from the tanker is taking place. For now, all traffic on Highway 42 towards Howards Grove at the roundabout is clo...

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U.S. regulators probe 37,656 Nissan minivans for fuel gauge issue

Nissan's Quest is unveiled at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, November 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Nissan's Quest is unveiled at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, November 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 37,656 Nissan Quest minivans after receiving complaints about stalling due to inaccurate fuel gauges.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into the model year 2007 minivans after receiving 12 consumer reports over the past 14 months that the fuel level gauge had indicated adequate fuel in the tank when there was none, according to documents filed online.

A Nissan spokesman said the Japanese automaker was cooperating with the NHTSA in its probe.

A preliminary evaluation is the first step in a process that could lead to a recall if regulators determine a manufacturer needs to address a safety problem.

Two of the complaints said the distance-to-empty gauge had indicted more than 70 miles of estimated available driving range before refueling was necessary when the vehicles stalled, according to the NHTSA documents.

There were no reports of accidents or injuries listed in the NHTSA documents.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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