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Feds probe Infiniti JX35 over brake concerns

Consumer Reports News: August 01, 2012 01:08 PM

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The new Infiniti JX35 sport-utility vehicle has come under scrutiny by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Two consumer complaints to the safety agency allege the intelligent brake assist system on the 2013 JX35 unexpectedly brought the Infiniti SUV to a complete and unwanted stop.

The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is a brand-new three-row SUV model. And like the model Consumer Reports just bought for testing, some versions of the 2013 model year SUV come with a so-called Driver Assistance Package that can automatically apply the vehicle's brakes based on its on-board radar system sensors.

A Nissan spokesman told the New York Times that the company does not view the two reported incidents as a "safety issue" since "the braking is controlled and the brake lamps illuminate to alert the drivers behind the vehicle."

However, engineers at Nissan and the NHTSA have opened a preliminary evaluation to determine the need for a deeper investigation—and possible safety recall—of the roughly 8,000 Infiniti JX35 sport-utility vehicles.

If you have experienced unexpected stops in your new 2013 Infiniti SUV or have any other possible safety issue with any vehicle, Consumer Reports offer tips on how to file an effective complaint with the NHTSA on the agency's website:

ODI: 2013 Infiniti JX35 SUV - Brakes    Action #: PE12022 [NHTSA]
Two Similar Complaints About 2013 Infiniti JX35 Brakes [New York Times]

Updated: 8/6/12

Paul Eng

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