NHTSA Investigates Fisker AEB Complaints

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated a preliminary investigation into complaints regarding unexpected Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) activations in the 2023 Fisker Ocean vehicles. This action, denoted by NHTSA Action Number: PE24013, follows reports from vehicle owners experiencing sudden deceleration due to the AEB system engaging without any visible obstructions.

Key Highlights:

  • NHTSA Action Number: PE24013
  • Vehicle Model: 2023 Fisker Ocean
  • Complaints Received: 8
  • Issue: Inadvertent AEB activation leading to sudden deceleration
  • Potential Safety Impact: Momentary to full braking without driver input
  • Injury Reports: Three instances of alleged injury

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) at the NHTSA has documented eight formal complaints from consumers who described scenarios where the AEB system in their Fisker Ocean vehicles activated unexpectedly. These incidents have reportedly caused vehicles to lose speed abruptly or even come to a complete stop in traffic lanes without any prior warning signs or actions from the driver.

See also: Fisker Ocean Under NHTSA Scrutiny for Braking Concerns

Such sudden and unanticipated vehicle behavior poses significant safety risks, as noted by the ODI. The range of braking force applied unexpectedly varies, with some reports indicating only a brief reduction in speed, while others describe a total halt, leading to potential danger not just for the vehicle occupants but also for surrounding traffic.

The investigation aims to ascertain both the scope and severity of the reported issue with the AEB system. The inquiry will involve a thorough review of the vehicles’ design and functionality to ensure there are no underlying defects. This evaluation will also help determine if further action, such as a recall, might be necessary to prevent future incidents.

For detailed information and updates on this investigation, individuals are encouraged to visit NHTSA’s official website or consult the Opening Resume ODI Report Identification Number document, which provides comprehensive insights into the specific cases and technical assessments conducted by the ODI.

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