AEB Randomly Activated on N.C. Road

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. – One of the latest examples of inadvertent automatic-emergency braking (AEB) activation has been reported along a stretch of roadway in Brunswick County, N.C.

According to a report by WECT-TV, drivers of a variety of makes and model vehicles, though Volvos are mentioned most prominently, are experiencing unexpected application of the brakes along NC211.

The Brunswick Sheriff’s office posted the following message on Facebook:

“The following message was forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office this afternoon. Sounds bizarre, but evidently this has been happening to Volvo drivers when traveling down HWY 211 towards Midway Road.

“There is a spot on 211 near Midway (almost in front of the funeral home) that apparently people traveling in Volvos are having the same experience I did twice. I called the dealership and they said Volvo is looking into it as they have received many calls.

“I was traveling toward Midway and all of a sudden my brakes seized and my seatbelt choked me. It’s as if my car was keeping me from an accident. It was a clear day and I was not close to another car at all.  I figured maybe someone crossed the line and I just didn’t see them. THEN….two days later I was traveling the same direction and the same thing happened.

“Parkway Volvo said they have received numerous calls on the subject. Same location. (As if a sensor is somewhere nearby)

“I wanted to make sure you knew as it seems dangerous. I was happy no one was behind me both times. My car literally stopped and scooted w/the anti-lock.

“I hope this helps and I hope this prevents an accident. Please let me know if you need more information from me. Otherwise, it sounds like Parkway Volvo has taken it to Volvo corp.”

“Be safe out there!”

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The issue has been referred to both the North Carolina Department of Transportation (which has investigated the location without any findings) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.