NHTSA investigates Nissan Rogue, Rogue Sport 'false' automatic braking
Several complaints claim unexpected braking led to a collision and injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into the 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport after receiving a petition that claims the crossovers are prone to false triggering of the automatic emergency braking system.
The agency has identified 129 unique complaints from customers who claim the AEB system activated for no valid reason. In three cases, drivers claim the defect led to a collision and caused injuries such as whiplash and bruising.
After responding to a request for additional information, Nissan provided data indicating that it has received 750 complaints including 12 that alleged the false AEB activation caused an accident.
"This issue deserves a recall and all Nissan owners must receive a working, permanent remedy as soon as possible," the CAS said in a statement. "Perhaps most disturbing is that in our petition in March of 2019 we cited 87 complaints of false AEB activation while today we learn there were almost 10 times that number of complaints."
Nissan has already attempted to resolve the issue through a technical service bulletin and a "customer service initiative," however the CAS argues that neither represents an adequate long-term solution to the problem.
The NHTSA Will now assess the complaints and Nissan's existing actions to determine if a deeper investigation or recall is warranted.