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.
There have been a number of class action lawsuits in Federal Courts which allege Transmission Defects in certain Nissan vehicles equipped with Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT). Affected models include certain recent model years of Nissan Sentra, Nissan Altima, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Versa, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Juke, Nissan Note, Infiniti JX35, Infiniti QX60, Our law firm has also seen this trend emerge in clients’ individual lemon law claims.
A CVT has a continuous range of gear ratios and is designed to allow the vehicle to shift gears while driving in a smooth way. Theoretically, this design should reduce or eliminate the “shift shock” felt when a transmission shifts gears.
However, it has been alleged that Nissan’s CVTs experience sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking (commonly referred to as ‘juddering’ or ‘shuddering’) and that the vehicles hesitate when trying to accelerate, increasing the risk of injury or death. Other related concerns include stalling or loss of power, illumination of the check engine light, also known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp or MIL (association with Diagnostic Trouble Code or DTC P0776), reduced performance due to CVT fluid temperature, and need for Transmission Control Module or TCM reprogramming. It is further alleged that the Nissan CVT transmission may also wear down or fail prematurely, often just after expiration of the warranty.
If any of the class actions proceed to judgement or settlement, history has shown that class members may might receive compensation such as reimbursed costs, a warranty extension, or a simple cash payment or coupons based on the number of transmission complaints experienced.
Depending on the circumstances, however, the same number of complaints could entitle you to all your money back under an individual lemon law claim, even if you no longer own the vehicle. However, if you do not take specific steps to opt out of the class action, you might only receive a few hundred dollars or a voucher coupon for the same claim. In fact, if you do not opt out, and you miss a deadline, you might get nothing. We have seen this happen to prospective clients.
Our firm has previous experience working on the defense side of lemon law claims, as well as working in-house for a major automaker. We know how these cases work from every angle. Because our fees are awarded by law, you do not have to pay us for working on your case. And if you don’t achieve a recovery, we don’t get paid.
If you feel your vehicle may be a lemon, please contact us for a fast, free and confidential evaluation.