Nissan has agreed to a $277.7 million class-action settlement in a case that alleged the Japanese car company marketed vehicles with faulty transmissions between 2014 and 2018.
The complaint, originally filed by Teresa Stringer in the Middle District of Tennessee, included similar accounts by several Nissan customers. Each customer alleged that their vehicle, equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), presented them with noticeable troubles. Everything from stalling to shaking to downright transmission failure was reported by the three plaintiffs in the original complaint. They represent thousands of fellow Nissan buyers who have experienced the same shakin’ and quakin’ in their cars. In total, three different cars were included in the lawsuit: the 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue, the 2015-2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2015-2018 Infiniti QX60 (Nissan, Infiniti, and Mitsubishi are all manufactured by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance).
As a result of the settlement, Nissan Rogue owners from 2014 – 2018 and Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 owners from 2015 – 2018 are entitled to compensation. Not only will the class receive their divided portion of the $277.7 million, but they will also be entitled to a 24 month or 24,000-mile warranty (whichever comes first). Furthermore, any servicing done on a class member’s transmission by an accredited dealership will receive full reimbursement for the repairs. Fear not, unaccredited auto service users, you may still receive up to $5,000 towards the reimbursement. And finally, plaintiffs will receive $1,000 vouchers towards the lease or purchase of a new vehicle.
This settlement has been approved by a district judge and looks to move into full effect after a fairness hearing is held.
An additional note: Nissan settled another CVT-related lawsuit earlier this year. This one was focused on the 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra and the 2012-2017 Nissan Versa. Could another Nissan Transmission Lawsuit be on the way?
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