When harm comes from safety tech, what to do?
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“There’s a real concern that this issue is emblematic of a bigger picture for driver-assist systems, whether it’s AEB or some other features that have such tremendous potential,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, which petitioned NHTSA to open a preliminary evaluation of the Rogues in March. “But because of the haphazard way in which they’re being introduced and the total laissez faire nature of NHTSA’s oversight, there’s a real risk of undermining public confidence in these safety features and technology.”
More than 800 motorists have lodged complaints about false positive incidents with Nissan Motor Co. and NHTSA.
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- Metal in the ceilings of parking garages
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Fourteen crashes have been attributed to the braking malfunctions, resulting in five injuries. Those numbers perhaps pale compared with the benefits of automated emergency braking systems: In February, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that automatic emergency braking “reduces the frequency of property damage liability claims by 13 percent, rates of rear-end crashes by 50 percent and rear-end crashes involving injuries by 56 percent.”
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