Acura has recalled two models of vehicles because the automatic emergency braking systems can malfunction. The recall involves MDX SUVs and RLX sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years.
The braking system uses radar to scan the road conditions in front of the vehicle. If it decides the vehicle might hit something, it automatically brakes. In the recalled vehicles, the system can fail and apply the brakes when it detects another vehicle accelerating in front. This only normally occurs if the Acura is driving along an iron fence or a metal guardrail. The problem first appeared in Japan when an SUV braked for no reason and caused a collision.
Honda has figured out the problem and told safety officials about the recall last month. The company has no reports of injuries in the U.S. because of the issue. Dealers will update the system software at no cost to the owners.
Honda is not the only company facing complaints about autonomous braking systems. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating complaints that certain Jeep Grand Cherokees brake for no reason. Despite the complaints, the technology has been so promising that the National Transportation Safety Board is urging that automatic braking systems be made standard on all new cars and commercial trucks.
Technological advancements in cars and trucks over the past several decades have been amazing and have saved countless lives. However, all of these developments mean that cars have many more thousands of parts than in years past, any of which can fail.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident because of a defective automobile, you can hold the manufacturer legally liable. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit our firm on Twitter to learn more.