- the 2017–2018 rogue and rogue sport have potentially faulty emergency braking systems that can apply the brakes for no reason, according to nhtsa.
- these false positives, in which the system intervenes to prevent a collision that isn't actually imminent, have led to at least 14 crashes.
- nissan has issued technical service bulletins for this problem since january.
nissan is under investigation for collision avoidance systems on late-model rogue models that allegedly brake the vehicles for no reason, according to the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa).
at least 843 people have reported problems with their forward emergency braking systems on the 2017 and 2018 rogue and rogue sport. the complaints, which were spurred by a petition sent by the center for auto safety in march, allege that these cars apply their brakes "in cases where there was no obstruction in the path of the vehicle," according to nhtsa. nissan and nhtsa count at least 14 crashes and five injuries related to the complaints. so far, nissan has considered the issue strictly as a "performance update" by issuing technical service bulletins—at least three since january—that pertain to reprogramming the radar control unit, according to the agency.
cas says the issue is safety related and should be conducted via a formal recall. if nhtsa concurs from its investigation—which at this point does not declare that a defect exists— nissan will be forced to recall these cars and repair them all. at least 553,860 cars are potentially affected. nhtsa said it is researching if nissan's service bulletins—which are only sent to dealers and then only performed if a customer complains of the specific problem—are sufficient.