An investigation has been opened by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration into the 2013 Infiniti JX over possible issues with the emergency brake.

Specifically, the probe is looking at improper application of the e-brake, according to a Reuters report. While the investigation of 8,000 new Infiniti crossovers is not a recall, it could eventually trigger one if the government agency doesn't like what it finds.

The probe was launched after a pair of owners reported to NHTSA that "the intelligent brake assist system inappropriately activated emergency braking autonomously bringing the vehicle to an immediate and complete stop." One can see the potential danger in a vehicle that stops unintentionally and without warning.

No word yet on what might have caused the issue, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for more information.



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      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just another example of something didn't need to be and never should have been electrified. Way to go, Nissan!
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scr
        it's coming to all cars. Volvo with the city stop, M-B as well recall the Volvo test that failed to city-stop and crash? but I'm with you, all the electrical black boxes are getting to where I'd never want to buy a new car, it's only leases from now on, but those that buy used will feel the pain when anything needs to be repaired. Even though I do like city stop (my sister has been rear ended at a red light twice, my wife once, and my brother in law twice)
          carfan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          maybe your familiy shouldn't drive on public roads if they are such terrible drivers
          Leather Bear
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          @ carfan: And how exactly is someone sitting stationary at a red light at fault if they're hit from behind?
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      The correct term is parking brake, not e-brake.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is ugly. It's ugly in photos and it's ugly in person. It also looks cheap compared to other Infiniti products. Badge engineering the next Pathfinder ahead of the Pathfinder's launch, clever.
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should also investigate why it was designed to be so terribly ugly.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me get this straight: this behemoth has some type of electronically-activated emergency brake? What happened to the lever that you pull up? It is simple and almost trouble-free except for the rare cases where the cable rusts in place or the brake shoes rust due to non-use. And this is an operator error - oops, I forgot, car operators are never at fault in today's USA, it's always a technological problem for which we issue recalls and lawsuits.
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Be prepared for the hand brake lever to follow the window crank into that great scrapyard in the sky, to be replaced by a "(P)" button somewhere on the dash on more upscale models (for electronic application) or one of those obnoxious "push-on, push-off" pedals next to the driver side kick panel on cheaper vehicles. Because vehicle interior space is valuable real estate these days, most car makers would rather use the area on the center console (that used to house the brake lever) for even more electronic gadgets.
          Leather Bear
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          @J IIRC, upscale cars like the A8, 7 series, XJ, S-Class, etc. already have a push-button electronic parking brake (without any additional mechanical interface). After checking the JX photo gallery attached to this article, it just has the push-on, push-off foot-operated parking brake.
          J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          They could still put in a foot emergency/parking brake. My vehicle has electronic gear selection, but still has a manual parking brake.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has to do with Infiniti's distance control assist, it uses it's sensors to sense what is surrounding the vehicle, if it deems it is unsafe it will slow down or if you're drifting into another lane or car, the brakes will be applied to one wheel pulling the car away from collision. This intelligent sensor system can easily be disabled for normal driving. Not everyone is a perfect driver all the time. If this system can save life's it is definately worth it. On this occassion the driver was driving up to a bridge and the car sensed that it was not safe to drive on the bridge and slowed to a complete stop, it could be the sensors could not sense the bridge and thought the driver was veering off a cliff into a ditch. Do it slowed down to a complete stop. The Driver could have disabled the sensor and just drive over but to be cautious he notified NHSTA just to be on the safe side
      Ian D.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this vehicle based on any current Nissan model here in the United States? I can typically spot the origins of most Japanese Luxury cars, but this one not so much.
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian D.
        The JX is on the same platform as the new Pathfinder, which is essentially a stretched Murano. It is a front wheel drive based AWD vehicle with the same 3.5 v6 that is in the Murano. They drive very well but are NOT aimed towards an auto enthusiast; which is why a lot of Infiniti fans poopoo the JX because it's not a RWD based sport SUV like the FX is.
        Ian D.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian D.
        Thanks guys.... I would've never have guessed which Nissan it shares a platform with without seeing it on the road. Looks like Nissan is taking the Pathfinder into the crossover arena eh...
        Joe Saab
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian D.
        Sort of. I think it will share a platform with the new pathfinder.
        Maddoxx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian D.
        This shares platform with the new pathfinder and altima it's built here in the USA at Nissan's Tennesee plant. Seeing quite a few of these On the road like every Infiniti they look 10x better in person .
      samjack.sam
      • 2 Years Ago
      yes
      samjack.sam
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is worse car you can buy, since first day i have so much problems with this car, engine problem, break joint broke, the safety features like auto breaking, lane departure and blind spot dont work always and sometime creates issue, i already had accident in this car because i was reversing and car didnt stop itself, i was depending alot on this car safety features but not anymore, i have never had accident in my all life with any other cars. car was damaged since the first day i receive the car with alot of damages already on the car, then the infinity personal assistance doesn't work, it was not activated for months now finally i got it working from dealer and i found out the services are not what they advertise in videos on you tube, pls do not buy this car and the government needs to do something about this car because it could cause accidents on roads.
      disngaj
      • 2 Years Ago
      A sign of things to come (unintentional braking), as we pray for technology to save us from ourselves? I'm just waiting for others - like myself - to report "unintentional steering inputs," which is what I experienced with a new rental Focus this past June.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Fapout
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car that advertises its emergency braking has issue with emergency brake. I find this somewhat amusing even though they are two different things...
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