Fisker Ocean faces another preliminary investigation for brake problems

Safety regulators in the US have launched an investigation into Fisker’s Ocean electric vehicle (EV) following renewed complaints about a braking problem that caused some vehicles to brake unexpectedly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) launched a preliminary investigation into the braking problem last week, marking the Ocean’s second braking problem this year. In the May 8 report, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received eight complaints alleging that the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system on 2023 model year Fisker Ocean vehicles was triggered unintentionally, causing sudden deceleration and led to an increased risk of accidents.

Three of the complaints alleged that the problem resulted in an injury, although the severity of the braking problems varied widely, according to the regulator’s investigation report.

“Braking applications range from short-term, partial braking applications, which result in a rapid loss of speed, to full braking, which brings the vehicle to a complete stop in the lane,” the ODI writes in the report.

The survey will examine approximately 6,813 Fisker Ocean units. You can view the full ODI investigation report below.

After a preliminary investigation, NHTSA will determine whether or not to escalate the case to recall status.

The preliminary investigation follows a separate Fisker Ocean investigation initiated by NHTSA in January that alleged a partial loss of braking power on low-traction surfaces. In February, NHTSA also opened an ocean investigation into complaints of unintentional vehicle movement and the inability to shift into park or other gears.

The troubled electric vehicle company also faced noncompliance with New York Stock Exchange rules after its shares fell below $1 on average for 30 days. Restructuring was also applied for in Austria. A few weeks ago, the company also said it would have to file for bankruptcy with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission if it didn’t receive additional funding within a month.

“If the Company does not obtain sufficient relief from its debtholders and does not obtain sufficient additional liquidity from potential liquidity providers to meet its current obligations, it expects to seek protection under applicable bankruptcy laws in multiple jurisdictions within 30 days of the issuance of these financial statements will apply.” “Fisker wrote in the late 10-K filing.

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