U.S. investigates 675,000 Nissan SUVs over unexpected braking

2015 Nissan Xterra SUV

The U.S. auto safety agency is investigating reports of possible unintended braking in 675,000 2017-2018 Nissan Motor Rogue vehicles, it stated on Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated it is starting a defect petition review in reply to a request from the Center for Auto Safety.

The agency will review reports of the vehicles’ automatic emergency braking system engaging with no clear obstruction in the vehicle’s path. There are no reports of injuries or deaths connected with the petition.

Nissan stated it had extensively investigated the issue and after talks with NHTSA, along with its Canadian counterpart, Transport Canada, it had notified all impacted Rogue vehicle customers in the United States and Canada of a software update.

“As always, Nissan will continue to work together with NHTSA and Transport Canada on all matters of product safety,” Nissan stated.

Nissan deals with a class-action lawsuit over unintended braking issues in U.S. District Court in California concerning Nissan and Infiniti vehicles sold since 2015. The suit states a defect can trigger the brakes and cause vehicles “to abruptly slow down or come to a complete stop in the middle of traffic.”

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