Judge Allows Class-Action Lawsuit Over Nissan Automatic Emergency Braking Issues to Proceed

A U.S. District Court judge will allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed against Nissan North America over what owners claim is a faulty Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, reports CarComplaints.com. The lawsuit includes all 2017-2019 Nissans with AEB systems and alleges that the systems sometimes brake for things that don’t exist.

The lawsuit alleges that Nissan’s AEB system either slows the car down dramatically or comes to a complete, abrupt stop even when there’s nothing ahead of a car. According to CarComplaints.com, 14 crashes and five injuries in Nissan Rogues have been blamed on malfunctioning AEB systems, plus roughly 1,400 complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the AEB system malfunctioning in various Nissans across the line. 

AEB systems are there to alert drivers of a possible imminent frontal collision, braking if the driver doesn’t respond to the warning by putting on the brakes themselves. Nissan’s AEB systems use radar to determine pedestrians, other vehicles and other potential obstacles ahead of a car, and owners have complained of it malfunctioning while driving the car.