NHTSA Investigates Erratic AEB
April 16, 2019—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating approximately 675,000 Nissan Rogues with 2017 or 2018 model years, according to the Center for Auto Safety.
There have been at least 87 consumer complaints of unintended braking after activation of Nissan’s automatic emergency braking (AEB), yet in violation of federal law Nissan has attempted to address the defect as a service matter rather than a safety problem.
All of the complaints found in NHTSA’s database indicate that the AEB engaged when no obstruction was posing a threat to the path of the vehicle. Many complaints indicate that the braking is abrupt or forceful, endangering both the Rogue occupants and people in nearby vehicles, who are forced to avoid a collision with a suddenly stopped vehicle. Over 400,000 Nissan Rogues were sold in both 2017 and 2018.
Nissan has attempted to address this defect of unintended braking by issuing a technical service bulletin (TSB) to dealers, but with no impetus or guarantee that owners are notified of a safety hazard or provided an opportunity to have the condition repaired.