Safety groups agree that automatic emergency braking has the potential to save lives and reduce crash deaths, but that is obviously contingent on the technology actually working correctly. A new petition that the Center for Auto Safety recently filed with NHTSA says that consumers have sent 87 complaints to regulators in recent months describing Nissan Rogue vehicles that suddenly came to a stop without warning.
In a technical service bulletin to dealers, Nissan has acknowledged that some of its cars may need a software update related to the braking system.
Earlier this year, Nissan launched a “Customer Service Initiative” intended to “increase awareness of an available update for the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system,” the company said.
Nissan’s voluntary initiative promises a free software update for people covered under a three-year warranty, but it “does not acknowledge the potential safety issues involved,” according to an analysis by the Center for Auto Safety.