When done right, automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology saves lives. It is one of the most significant breakthroughs in car safety technology in recent decades. Accordingly, the Center for Auto Safety has spent the last few years fighting for this lifesaving technology to be made standard in all new vehicles. However, when automatic emergency braking goes wrong, it can be incredibly dangerous. Owners of 2017-19 Nissan Rogues equipped with automatic emergency braking have been reporting unwanted stops since the time AEB technology was placed on those vehicles. Although Nissan has acknowledged this deficiency in its AEB system, they have yet to issue a recall, placing drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists at risk due to faulty technology. The Center will continue to push for this technology to be made available to all American drivers, and for automakers to get it right.
Center for Auto Safety Asks Nissan to Brake Check Itself. The Truth About Cars. August 10, 2020.
3News Investigates: Some Nissan Rogue drivers say cars are braking suddenly, without warning. WKYC Cleveland 3. February 28, 2020.
|Autobraking tech will be standard in cars by 2022, but drivers complain of “phantom braking.” CBS This Morning. October 21, 2019.|
Recent CAS Actions and Statements:
It took six months, but NHTSA granted the Center’s petition and revealed over 800 complaints had been made on this very issue. Yet, after a year of Nissan’s stalling, the Center filing a Freedom of Information Act request and appeal, and multiple law suits, this week the public finally learned what Nissan was hiding: that Nissan is aware of over 1,400 reports on the Rogue AEB alone – 15 times the original number of known complaints.
While we are pleased to see NHTSA finally open a formal investigation based on our petition, this should not delay Nissan taking more seriously the danger the phantom braking defect presents for everyone on the road. This issue deserves a recall and all Nissan owners must receive a working, permanent remedy as soon as possible.
Today, the Center for Auto Safety (“the Center”) petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to initiate a safety defect investigation into false activation of the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that is placing Rogue owners and other road users in danger.
Prior CAS Actions and Statements:
Consumer Advocates Sue NHTSA for Ignoring Automatic Emergency Braking Petition. November 30, 2016.
CAS Calls NHTSA-Auto Industry Secret Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Deal a Safety Sellout. March 17, 2016.
NHTSA Grants CAS Petition on Heavy Truck Automatic Forward Collision Avoidance. October 16, 2015.
CAS Statement on DOT and Automakers Commitment to Automatic Emergency Braking. September 11, 2015
Government safety organization investigating Nissan Rogue emergency braking problems. ABC 7 Chicago. September 23, 2019.
Feds Step Up Safety Investigation on Nissan’s Auto-Braking System. WSJ. September 12, 2019.
U.S. probes 553,000 Nissan Rogue SUVs for unintended emergency braking. Reuters. September 12, 2019.
Automatic emergency braking boosts safety but some complaints of false activations. WTOP. August 31, 2019.
As Automatic Braking Becomes More Common in Cars, So Do Driver Complaints. Wall Street Journal. August 27, 2019.
Nissan Rogue sensors gone rogue: Drivers say sensors cause sudden stops. ABC7 Chicago. July 9, 2019.
Nissan Canada recalls 90,000 Rogues over unintended braking. Automotive News Canada. April 12, 2019.
2017-2018 Nissan Rogue Automatic Emergency Braking Presents ‘Unreasonable Risk,’ Safety Group Says. Forbes. March 29, 2019.
40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking. Associated Press. February 12, 2019.
Automatic braking for cars: Private talks on technology pace. Business Insider. February 17, 2016.
NHTSA grants petition to create rulemaking that would mandate collision mitigation systems. October 16, 2015.
Automakers vow to put the brakes on rear-end collisions. LA Times. September 11, 2015.