Fisker Ocean Under NHTSA Scrutiny for Braking Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation into potential braking issues plaguing the 2023 Fisker Ocean SUV. This action stems from nine complaints alleging sudden loss of braking performance, particularly on low-traction surfaces.

The reported issues:

  • Partial brake loss: Drivers reported a partial loss of braking power, often without warning, on wet roads, gravel, or uneven surfaces. This resulted in a significant increase in stopping distance, raising safety concerns.
  • Intermittent braking function: Some complaints mentioned an intermittent loss of “blended braking,” which combines the conventional braking system with regenerative braking in electric vehicles. This could lead to unpredictable braking behavior.
  • Crash and injury: One complaint involved a crash allegedly linked to the braking issue, resulting in an injury.

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NHTSA’s response:

In light of these reports, the NHTSA has opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE) to assess the scope and severity of the potential problem. This investigation will involve:

  • Reviewing complaint details: Analyzing the nine reported incidents to understand the specific circumstances and nature of the braking issues.
  • Gathering additional data: Collecting information from Fisker, field reports, and other sources to determine the affected vehicle population.
  • Evaluating safety risks: Assessing the potential safety implications of the reported braking problems and their impact on drivers and passengers.

The next steps:

The PE is the initial stage of the investigation process. Based on its findings, NHTSA could:

  • Request additional information from Fisker: This could involve technical data, testing results, or production records to understand the cause of the problem.
  • Expand the investigation: If the initial findings raise serious concerns, NHTSA could broaden the scope of the investigation to include more vehicles or additional safety aspects.
  • Order a recall: If a safety defect is identified, NHTSA could require Fisker to issue a recall to repair affected vehicles.

Fisker’s response:

Fisker has not yet issued a public statement regarding the NHTSA investigation. The company is likely cooperating with the agency’s investigation and will be expected to provide relevant information to assist with the assessment.

Consumer advice:

While the investigation is ongoing, Fisker Ocean owners are advised to:

  • Maintain vehicle awareness: Pay close attention to braking performance, particularly on low-traction surfaces.
  • Report any issues: If you experience any sudden braking loss or other concerns, immediately report them to NHTSA through its website or by calling 1-888-327-4235.
  • Stay informed: Monitor Fisker’s official channels and NHTSA updates for further information on the investigation and any potential recalls.


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