Government safety organization investigating Nissan Rogue emergency braking problems

“This is great safety technology when it works but dangerous when it doesn’t,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.

Chicago (WLS) — A national safety organization has opened an investigation into a problem with Nissan Rogue safety technology that the I-Team reported on in July.

“The car just slammed that emergency brake. Boom, it hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Todd Burrows, who alerted the I-Team about problems with his 2017 Nissan Rogue. Burrows said the very electronic feature that is supposed to help protect him made his car stop unexpectedly, causing him to panic.

“This is great safety technology when it works but dangerous when it doesn’t,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.

Nissan Rogues manufactured in 2017 and 2018 have sensors that use radar to detect other vehicles approaching. The technology is supposed to prevent accidents by alerting the driver that a car is dangerously close and can apply the automatic emergency braking system to avoid an accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a “preliminary evaluation” into whether some Rogues should officially be recalled. According to a Sept. 9 NHTSA memo, the agency collected 843 complaints about the issue. Twelve complaints allege a crash resulted from the activation of the system, and there were claims of four injuries.

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