Electric Vehicle Brake Lights Possibly Fail to Provide Warning
Shub & Johns launches investigation into some electric vehicles (EVs) after a Consumer Report investigation indicated safety concerns related to the EV’s brake lights and braking system. As EVs become more prevalent on the road, safety becomes even more pertinent for both electric vehicle drivers and fuel-based engine drivers.
The recent consumer report recently highlighted:
- 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SEL AWD
- 2023 Genesis GV60 Advanced
- 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70
- 2022 Kia EV6 Wind AWD
- 2023 Nia Kiro EV Wind
These EVs have been tested for potential safety issues that can pose a risk to drivers and owners of the vehicle. During the investigation, it was reported that these EVs’ brake lights either DO NOT turn on or are very slow to turn on when a vehicle is decelerating at aggressive speeds. In some cases where the vehicle remains idle, the brake lights also do not turn on or turn off after the vehicle has been idle for approximately 15 seconds. Additional vehicles’ whose brake lights reportedly turn off after 15 seconds include:
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic
- 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 450 4Matic
- 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV 350 4Matic
- 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4Matic sedan
These issues with the brake light system can prove dangerous in various situations. During high speed interactions, a good indication that a vehicle is slowing down is its rear brake lights. If these lights are not turning on when braking, it could lead to accidents on the road. Similarly, at night it may be difficult to see other vehicles. If a vehicles brake lights are off when idle or when braking, it can also lead to unnecessary accidents and injuries.
Do you own an electric vehicle? Have you experienced similar issues with your brake lights? Let us know! Fill out the attached form and join the Shub & Johns investigation today.