Feds Probe 2014 Chevrolet Impala After Braking Complaint | Edmunds

Feds Probe 2014 Chevrolet Impala After Braking Complaint


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 60,580 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans after one consumer complaint that the emergency braking system acted improperly, resulting in a crash.
  • Federal safety regulators are looking into whether the active safety system in the car may "inappropriately initiate autonomous braking while driving."
  • A General Motors spokesman told Edmunds on Tuesday that the automaker is cooperating with the investigation.

WASHINGTON The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 60,580 2014 Chevrolet Impala  sedans after one consumer complaint that the emergency braking system acted improperly, resulting in a crash.

Federal safety regulators are looking into whether the active safety system in the car may "inappropriately initiate autonomous braking while driving, resulting in unexpected sudden and rapid deceleration in traffic."

The complaint was filed by an unidentified driver who was in a rental Impala with 2,500 miles on the odometer at the time of the crash. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The dealer and GM were notified.

"The consumer alleges that the driver-assist system inappropriately activated emergency braking, bringing the vehicle to a complete stop under what the driver considered to be full braking force," said NHTSA in its summary of the preliminary investigation. "The complaint alleges experiencing multiple events at different locations and road conditions.

"In one of those incidents, the complainant reported that while traveling at 40 mph with no traffic directly in front of them, they heard 3 to 4 beeps from the forward collision avoidance system. This was immediately followed by an autonomous brake activation resulting in their vehicle being struck from the rear by another vehicle."

GM is cooperating with the investigation, said Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query on Tuesday.

Adler noted in an e-mailed message: "The 2013 Cadillac ATS  offers the automatic braking system that is available on the 2014 Impala."

Federal safety regulators have opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the 2014 Impala, a step that sometimes precedes a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has not been recalled at this point, so owners will just have to wait for final word on the matter from NHTSA.

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