Cincinnati, Ohio Product Liability Lawyer and Auto Defect Attorney investigating autonomous braking system malfunction and automated emergency braking defects for plaintiffs nationwide
Automated emergency braking (AEB) systems are designed to detect rear-end collision hazards and automatically applies car brakes to mitigate or prevent serious impact. At least twenty automakers have agreed to use AEB in their new vehicles by 2022.
A 2016 study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that vehicles equipped with AEB and forward-collision warnings were involved in 39 percent fewer rear-end crashes than vehicles without the technology. But these systems have not been perfected and automatic braking malfunction can lead to serious accidents and injuries for motorists and passengers.
Car companies admit that AEB systems have blind spots and there may be a long way to go in properly designing automatic car safety functions. Some AEB systems may not even work when operating vehicles on a hill. Some automatic braking malfunction cases reported say the AEB system often will not see vehicles with high ground clearance or those with a low rear bumper.
Windshield wipers may even interfere with automatic braking systems, and uneven ground surfaces can cause the system to malfunction. These braking defects can lead to serious auto accidents.
Joe Lyon is an experienced product liability lawyer investigating auto recalls, auto defects, and automated emergency braking defect cases for injured plaintiffs nationwide.
The Lyon Firm works with auto accident reconstruction experts to identify defective auto components and determine the root cause of an accident.
Automated Emergency Braking Defects
There is no doubt that automatic safety features like braking systems are complex and evolving. However, if an automaker sells and distributes vehicles with defective components, they may be held liable for any damages and injuries caused by design defects.
Car makers have been concerned that AEB systems can act on a false positive, with the computer applying the brakes in the absence of a road threat. In 2015, the NHTSA opened an investigation into 95,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees following reports that the SUV was braking for no reason. Auto computers and vehicle software may be defective and cause serious injuries and deaths.
Automatic Braking Defects & Recalls
Nissan’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system has reportedly malfunctioned and vehicles have stopped in unexpected situations, due to broken sensor, a misaligned radar and software defects. Models affected include the 2015-2018 Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rouge Sport, Murano, Altima, Maxima, Armada, Pathfinder, Leaf and Sentra with AEB functions.
Acura recalled nearly 48,000 MDX SUVs and RLX sedans from 2014 and 2015 because their Collision Mitigation Braking System sees phantom objects and applies the brakes. The automatic braking system can mistake guardrails and vehicles for a roadblock.
The AEB system may interpret certain roadside objects as obstacles and apply the brakes, potentially leading to accidents, according to a recall report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Defective Emergency Braking Recalls & Lawsuits
Automatic braking systems are not the only defective brake systems on the market. For many years safety advocates have worked to identify other braking defects that could lead to road accidents and injury. Recalls have been issued for cars, trucks, SUVs and RVs.
Elite Trailer Manufacturing announced a recall of certain 2012 Livestock Goosneck Trailers. The recalled trailers were manufactured between November 17, 2011 and January 17th, 2012 and were equipped with Carlisle hydraulic brake actuators which were wearing out at higher rates.
The risk was loss of braking ability due to hydraulic pump failure in the trailer. Hydraulic pump failure creates a risk of loss of trailer control which could result in rollover or collision and harm to the driver,occupants and other members of the travelling highway.
NHTSA Campaign Number 13V-209
Consumers can contact the NHSTA hotline at 1-800-424-9153 or visit the website at www.safercar.gov.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a car braking defect, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an auto recall attorney, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding automatic emergency braking malfunction lawsuits.
The Lyon Firm has experienced filing lawsuits against auto manufacturers and settling injury claims related to defective auto components.