U.S. probes 553,000 Nissan Rogue SUVs for unintended emergency braking

The probe into 2017-2018 model year Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport vehicles follows a petition from the Center for Auto Safety seeking a formal government investigation. The petition noted that Nissan previously issued a Technical Service Bulletin, launched two “Quality Actions,” and initiated a “Customer Service Initiative” to address concerns.

Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Jason Levine said the NHTSA probe “should not delay Nissan taking more seriously the danger the phantom braking defect presents for everyone on the road.”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into 553,000 Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicles after reports of their automatic emergency braking systems engaging without warning or an obstruction, the agency said on Thursday.

The probe into 2017-2018 model year Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport vehicles follows a petition from the Center for Auto Safety seeking a formal government investigation. The petition noted that Nissan previously issued a Technical Service Bulletin, launched two “Quality Actions,” and initiated a “Customer Service Initiative” to address concerns.

Automatic braking systems typically activate when the technology senses objects ahead and the driver does not slow down.

NHTSA said it has 129 reports alleging erroneous triggering of the system, and three complaints about related crashes with injuries.

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