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Nissan CVT Class Action – IMPORTANT DEADLINES APPROACHING

Following on several previous class actions involving CVT transmissions in Nissan vehicles, a CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT has been reached in the matter of Teresa Stringer, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No. 3:21-cv-00099, involving transmission defects in these vehicles:

  • 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue
  • 2015-2018 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2015-2018 Infiniti QX60

If you file a claim before the deadline, you may release your lemon law claims, and receive certain benefits such as an extended warranty on the transmission, reimbursement for transmission repairs and/or a coupon toward a new Nissan purchase.

However, if you remain in the settlement, it is important to remember that you may waive your lemon law rights, which could include repurchase of the vehicle, additional money payments, and payment of your attorney’s fees. Lemon law remedies will almost always exceed the class settlement value.

The class action “opt-out” deadline is February 22, 2022. If class members do nothing before this date, they are automatically in the class settlement—whether or not they ever received a postcard in the mail or other notice. And if they do not make a claim in time, they may be denied benefits of the class settlement as well.

Therefore, if you wish to opt out or make a claim, YOU MUST ACT BEFORE THE OPERATIVE DEADLINE.

Please contact us for further information regarding your lemon law rights and/or the procedure you must follow in order to opt out of the class settlement.

If you would like help with the analysis of your potential claims, please contact us for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.

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    Acura RDX, MDX and TLX Transmission and Infotainment System Defects

    Acura is facing multiple class action suits regarding Acura MDX, Acura RDX, and Acura TLX models, along with several models from its sibling brand, Honda

    One suit alleges the following transmission problems:

    • Jerking
    • Slipping
    • Hesitation
    • Banging into gear
    • Stalling
    • Transmission failure

    These issues relate to the same ZF 9 SPEED TRANSMISSION which has been the subject of CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS in other vehicles.   

    In another class action, these vehicles are alleged to have a defective infotainment system (including the backup camera) which behaves erratically, malfunctioning, freezing, and creating a safety hazard and distraction. 

    Additionally these vehicles have had other vexing issues such as problems with the electrical system, including a failure of the collision mitigation braking system (causing spontaneous braking), and failure of other driver safety or convenience features, including the automatic sliding doors. 

    Remember, under the right circumstances, class actions can either help and hurt the value of your individual claim. In most cases where lemon law rights are released in a class action settlement, your individual lemon law claim is more valuable than the class settlement proceeds, which may only be for a coupon toward a new purchase or an “extended warranty.” 

    Even worse, auto manufacturers often place time limits or other restrictions on the class settlement proceeds that prevent people from receiving anything in exchange for their released claims. 

    On the other hand, if you have a good lemon law claim you may be entitled to receive all your money back, or more.   

    The FOUNDER OF OUR FIRM used to work in-house for auto makers, which can be a big advantage in these cases.  There is a FEE SHIFTING PROVISION in the law which allows us to take cases free of charge to you.  If you have a good case we will front the costs and our time, and we only get paid by the manufacturer if we achieve a recovery for you. 

    If you have questions about a class action, or you think you may have a lemon, contact us today for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.

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      Honda Odyssey and Pilot Transmission and Infotainment System Defects

      Honda is facing multiple class action suits regarding Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot models, along with others including Honda Ridgeline and Honda Passport. 

      One suit alleges the following transmission problems:

      • Jerking
      • Slipping
      • Hesitation
      • Banging into gear
      • Stalling
      • Transmission failure

      These issues relate to the same ZF 9 SPEED TRANSMISSION which has been the subject of CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS in other vehicles.   

      In another class action, these vehicles are alleged to have a defective infotainment system (including the backup camera) which behaves erratically, malfunctioning, freezing, and creating a safety hazard and distraction. 

      Additionally these vehicles have had other vexing issues such as problems with the electrical system, including a failure of the collision mitigation braking system (causing spontaneous braking), and failure of other driver safety or convenience features, including the automatic sliding doors. 

      Remember, under the right circumstances, class actions can either help and hurt the value of your individual claim. In most cases where lemon law rights are released in a class action settlement, your individual lemon law claim is more valuable than the class settlement proceeds, which may only be for a coupon toward a new purchase or an “extended warranty.” 

      Even worse, auto manufacturers often place time limits or other restrictions on the class settlement proceeds that prevent people from receiving anything in exchange for their released claims. 

      On the other hand, if you have a good lemon law claim you may be entitled to receive all your money back, or more.   

      The FOUNDER OF OUR FIRM used to work in-house for auto makers, which can be a big advantage in these cases.  There is a FEE SHIFTING PROVISION in the law which allows us to take cases free of charge to you.  If you have a good case we will front the costs and our time, and we only get paid by the manufacturer if we achieve a recovery for you. 

      If you have questions about a class action, or you think you may have a lemon, contact us today for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.

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        Update – Nissan Altima Class Action – IMPORTANT DEADLINES APPROACHING

        We previously wrote about issues we were seeing with Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) in Nissan vehicles, including Nissan Altima, and developing class actions.  (Read more here.)

        To update on Nissan Altima specifically, as we had predicted, a class action settlement has been approved by a federal district court in the matter of Christopher Gann, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No. 3:18-cv-00966.

        Most people do not realize that if you are a class member in a settlement like this and you take no action, you may be unintentionally losing the ability to bring valuable claims.

        In this case, if you do not opt out of the class settlement you may lose the ability to get all your money back in exchange for the right to claim a warranty extension, reimbursement for repairs, and a $1,000.00 coupon toward a new Nissan purchase.

        Even worse, if you do nothing, you may lose your individual rights and also miss the deadline to make a claim under the settlement.   Remember, you must take specific steps in order to opt out of the settlement.    If you do not, you are automatically considered a party to the settlement–even if you get nothing for it.  

        DEADLINE TO OPT OUT: FEBRUARY 7, 2020

        DEADLINE TO MAKE A CLAIM: JANUARY 30, 2020

        We always recommend that you take care to understand a class action that may affect your rights.   Even if you decide to remain in the settlement and make a claim, it pays to make an informed decision.

        If you would like help with the analysis of your potential claims, please contact us for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.

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          Update – Nissan Sentra Class Action – IMPORTANT DEADLINES APPROACHING

          We previously wrote about issues we were seeing with Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) in Nissan vehicles, including Nissan Sentra, and developing class actions.  (Read more here.)

          To update on Nissan Sentra specifically, as we had predicted, a class action settlement has been approved by a federal district court in the matter of Patricia Weckwerth, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No. 3:18-cv-00588.

          Most people do not realize that if you are a class member in a settlement like this and you take no action, you may be unintentionally losing the ability to bring valuable claims.

          In this case, if you do not opt out of the class settlement you may lose the ability to get all your money back in exchange for the right to claim a warranty extension, reimbursement for repairs, and a $1,000.00 coupon toward a new Nissan purchase.

          Even worse, if you do nothing, you may lose your individual rights and also miss the deadline to make a claim under the settlement.   Remember, you must take specific steps in order to opt out of the settlement.    If you do not, you are automatically considered a party to the settlement–even if you get nothing for it.  

          DEADLINE TO OPT OUT: FEBRUARY 20, 2020

          DEADLINE TO MAKE A CLAIM: JANUARY 30, 2020

          We always recommend that you take care to understand a class action that may affect your rights.   Even if you decide to remain in the settlement and make a claim, it pays to make an informed decision.

          If you would like help with the analysis of your potential claims, please contact us for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.

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            FORD TRANSMISSION CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT VACATED

            On September 13, 2019, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated approval of the class action settlement in the case Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company (D.C. 2:12-cv-08388-AB-FFM). The Appeals Court found that the settlement may not have been fair and adequate to class members, and remanded it for further review.

            This settlement had provided that class members–owners of certain Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta models with transmission issues–would give up their individual lemon law and consumer fraud rights in exchange for certain consideration such as smaller cash payments or coupons toward a new purchase, and an arbitration process paid for by Ford with limited remedies.

            With approval of the settlement vacated, our firm is pursuing individual claims on behalf of consumers who suffered with these defective transmissions.

            The current status of the class settlement is that the federal district court will examine it more closely, and may again choose to approve it. Therefore, we recommend that consumers considering pursuing a claim make sure to investigate your legal rights without delay, as they may again disappear or be reduced by re-approval of the settlement.

            2011-2016 Ford Focus and 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta vehicles built with dual-clutch transmissions prone to shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and, in some cases, sudden or delayed acceleration may be affected by the class settlement.

            These problems and Ford’s failure to take responsibility for them have become better known, which may increase the value of your potential claim.

            If you have had these or any other problems with your vehicle, contact us for a fast, free and confidential evaluation today.

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              Lemon Law Transmission Problems in Fiat 500X

              Have you had any of the following problems in your Fiat 500X?

              • Jerking
              • Slipping
              • Hesitation
              • Banging into gear
              • Stalling
              • Transmission failure

              Your vehicle may be equipped with the same ZF 9 Speed transmission which has been the subject of class action lawsuits in other vehicles.   Class actions can both help and hurt the value of your individual claim.

              But while class actions often result in coupons or small cash payments, if you have a good lemon law claim you may be entitled to receive all your money back, or more.   

              The founder of our firm used to work in-house for auto makers, which can be a big advantage in these cases.  

              There is a fee shifting provision in the law which allows us to take cases free of charge to you.  If you have a good case we will front the costs and our time.

              We only get paid by the manufacturer if we achieve a recovery for you.  

              If you think you may have a lemon, contact us today for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.

               

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                Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon – Lemon Law Issues

                lemon Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck

                We have noticed a trend in potential lemon law issues in recent model year Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks.  The current version of these mid-size pickup trucks was launched for model year 2015.

                Many of these trucks have exhibited transmission problems, with the following descriptions:

                Sluggish Hesitation
                Will not downshift Losing ability to drive forward (reverse only)
                Stuck in gear Transmission failure
                Chugging

                There have also been other noted problems in these trucks, especially with the power steering, engine, fuel system and exhaust system, among others.  

                Additionally, there have been Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) and Recalls issued which affect these concerns, and prove that GM is aware of them.  

                You may have lemon law rights if you have had as few as two complaints for these issues, or for any other problems.  

                Those rights survive even if you no longer have the truck.  

                If you think your truck may be a lemon, contact us today for a fast, free and confidential analysis.

                 

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                  Honda CR-V Lemon Law Issues (Engine & Transmission)

                  At Goldsmith West, we have noticed a trend of consumers experiencing problems in recent model year Honda CR-V models, including 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. These problems include but are not limited to problems with the engine, drivetrain and powertrain problems, loss of power, vibration, hesitation, cooling system, problems where the vehicle will not start, problems with the powertrain control module (PCM), engine knocking and stalling.  

                  There have also been a series of incidents of reported fuel in the oil, and odor of gas fumes inside the cabin of the vehicle. 

                  2018 model year in particular seems to have excess concerns about problems with gasoline in the oil tank

                  Attribution: ABC15 Arizona

                  These vehicles are also equipped with CVT transmissions, which are known to have a litany of issues, as seen in class action cases for other models. (Links) There has been at least one recall issued for this vehicle. (Link) 

                  There has also been a problem with the Electronic Brake Booster (EBB) system for which a technical service bulletin (TSB) was issued.

                  Consumers may experience the following Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs): P0300, P0301, P0302, P0304, P0172, P0297, P2187, P2583-76, and U3003-16.

                   

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