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January 24, 2020

2017-18 Nissan Rogue models under investigation for faulty automatic emergency braking

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a preliminary investigation into 553,860 Nissan Rogue vehicles following reports of unprompted automatic emergency braking, allegedly causing crashes and some injuries.

NHTSA’s investigation involves certain Rogue vehicles from the 2017 and 2018 model years. The agency has reportedly received nearly 850 complaints, 750 of which were provided by Nissan, alleging the sport utility vehicles’ automatic braking system activated without reason, slamming on the breaks as though to avert a non-existent rear-end crash. The false activations may be linked to at least 14 crashes and five injuries, according to news reports.    

Nissan stated that it will notify affected customers of software updates it claims would improve the system’s performance. The Japanese automaker previously recalled more than 90,000 Rogue and Qashqai vehicles in Canada, warning that railroad crossings, overhead signs and other metal structures could trigger the automatic emergency system.

To determine whether your vehicle is included in this or a future recall, periodically enter your vehicle’s VIN at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls as new recalls are announced. A vehicle’s VIN, 17 characters, may be found on the lower left side of the windshield or on the registration card.

If you suspect you or a loved suffered an injury caused by unprompted automatic emergency braking in a Nissan Rogue vehicle, you may reach Motley Rice vehicle defect lawyers Kevin Dean and John David O’Neill by email or call 1-800-768-4026 for more information.

Motley Rice’s lawyers have experience investigating and representing people harmed by a wide range of defective vehicles. Kevin Dean has litigated numerous vehicle defect cases, including against "the Big Three" automotive manufacturers in cases involving defective brakes, door locks, door latches, seat belts and roll overs. Motley Rice represents personal injury claimants and has settled multiple claims involving injuries allegedly caused by defective Takata airbags in the U.S. and Malaysia, and was the first law firm to thoroughly investigate the airbag defect at issue by disassembling airbag inflators found in junk yards. Our lawyers also represented people harmed by GM’s misconduct in its ignition switch litigation.