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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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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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What are Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) and how do they affect Lemon Law?

Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are technical publications from an automobile manufacturer that identify commonly observed issues in a particular range of vehicles and provide diagnostic and repair instruction.

TSBs are used to explain to dealerships and other repair facilities how to repair known issues in a vehicle.  When there are numerous TSBs for the same issue, it may show that the manufacturer is constantly assessing, analyzing and updating repair procedures for a persistent problem.  TSBs can also relate to Recalls.

If you would like help figuring out out a TSB repair may affect your lemon law claim, contact us today for an evaluation.

 

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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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