Drivers of Nissan Rogue SUVs say their vehicles are going rogue on them and the sensors that are supposed to prevent crashes are causing their vehicles to stop unexpectedly. According to an ABC news report, Todd Burrows, a Rogue owner says the very electronic feature that is supposed to help protect him is now posing a safety issue. He said the vehicle just suddenly slammed the emergency brake three times. Burrows also said he is uncomfortable letting his wife and two young children in the car since his scary experiences. He said in one instance, he went from going at 35 mph to coming to a dead stop.
Dangerous Automatic Braking
He also explained that those sudden stops, which were triggered by the car’s sensors, have been happening so far for no known reason. Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured in 2018 and 2017 have sensors that use radar to detect other approaching vehicles. The technology is intended to prevent accidents by alerting the driver that a vehicle is dangerous close. The system can apply the automatic emergency braking system to avoid an accident.
According to ABC’s investigative team, there were 145 documented complaints as of July 4 that were filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of 2017 and 2018 Nissan Rogues suddenly stopping in traffic. While Nissan seems to have offered software updates to address this issue, no recall has been issued.
Potential for Serious Injuries
Consumer safety advocates say that this type of defect could result in a major car accident especially when you stop suddenly and the driver behind you has no time to react. The Center for Auto Safety said it has received similar complaints about the Rogue’s sensors and wants NHTSA to issue an official recall for the Rogues in question. Since April, NHTSA has been investigating the potential stopping problem in 675,000 Nissan Rogue vehicles built in 2017 and 2018. A class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2018 claims that Nissan concealed these same sensor problems in a number of models.
If you believe you own a Nissan Rogue or any vehicle with these sensor issues, it is important that you contact the dealership and manufacturer to demand a fix. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these safety defect, please contact an experienced auto defect lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights and options. You may be able to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.