Automatic Braking

The Issue: 

When done right, automatic braking 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 breaking goes wrong, it can be incredibly dangerous. Owners of 2017-19 Nissan Rogues equipped with automatic 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.

Latest News:

Recent CAS Actions and Statements:

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.

NHTSA Grants Center for Auto Safety Petition to Investigate Nissan Rogue Automatic Emergency Braking. September 12, 2019.

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. 

Center for Auto Safety Calls on NHTSA to Investigate Malfunctioning Automatic Emergency Braking System on 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue Vehicles. March 21, 2019.

For years the Center for Auto Safety has been calling for all new vehicles to be required to have Automatic Emergency Braking. Today, DOT Secretary Chao gave herself a pat on the back for allowing the auto industry to continue to pick and choose which new cars will contain this life saving technology, playing roulette with the lives of consumers who cannot afford safety as a luxury.

CAS Statement on DOT Voluntary Automatic Emergency Braking Press Release. December 21, 2017.

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

Consumer Advocates Ask Auto Safety Agency to Make New Technologies Standard Equipment. January 13, 2015.

All News:

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.

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.