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NHTSA opens probe into Fisker electric Ocean SUV

Since hitting the roads, owners have lodged 19 complaints with NHTSA

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a notice stating that it’s investigating Fisker’s Ocean SUV for a lack of braking performance.

The organization is currently concentrating on nine complaints regarding the matter, one of which had a collision with an unidentified injury. Additionally, the probe comes at a challenging time for Fisker, as the company is already grappling with lower-than-anticipated demand and struggling to meet its internal sales targets.

Fisker announced last month that it will supply about 4,700 SUVs globally in 2023. June saw the first Ocean SUVs shipped by the EV firm, which went public in 2020 through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, Magna Steyr.

Since hitting the roads, owners have lodged 19 complaints with NHTSA on concerns ranging from brake failure and problems with the gear lever to a driver door failing to open from the inside and two incidents of the vehicle’s hood abruptly lifting on the highway.

The ODI has highlighted the brake complaints filed between October and December 2023, indicating a possibility of “Partial loss of braking over low traction surfaces, without alerting the driver,” which may result in a sudden increase in stopping distance for the SUV. The complaints also mention problems with the Ocean’s regenerative braking system.

Moreover, the ODI has the ability to conduct four different types of investigations:

  • Defect Petition, which the agency aims to complete within four months.
  • Preliminary Evaluation, the agency aspires to complete within eight months.
  • Recall Query, the agency strives to complete within eight months.
  • Engineering Analysis, the agency seeks to complete within 18 months.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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