Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Nissan North America On Behalf Of Purchasers Or Lessees Of 2017-2018 Nissan Altima Or Nissan Sentra Vehicles Equipped With A Continuously Variable Transmission
On December 29, 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed in United States District Court, Southern District of California, on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased or leased any 2017-2018 Nissan Altima or Nissan Sentra equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission ( the “Class Vehicles”) designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, sold, warranted, and/or serviced by Defendant Nissan North America, Inc.
According to the class action complaint, Nissan North America manufactured, marketed, distributed, and sold the Class Vehicles without disclosing that the Class Vehicle’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (“CVT”) was defective.
Allegedly, the CVT transmission contains one or more design and/or manufacturing defects, and discovery will show the Class Vehicles are designed and/or manufactured with an inadequate cooling system that fails to properly regulate the temperature in the fluid which lubricates all the components of the CVT, including the belts, pulleys, and valves.
The design and/or manufacturing defect, according to the complaint, makes the transmission unreasonably sensitive to heat. As such, the CVT in the Class Vehicles is prone to overheating, which activates a fluid temperature protection mode and reduces transmission performance, among other symptoms. Consequently, drivers experience conditions ranging from shuddering, jerking, failure to accelerate, all the way to catastrophic transmission failure.
The CVT defect, allegedly, causes sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking when drivers attempt to accelerate their vehicles; causes the vehicle to lag or delay when the driver tries to accelerate, resulting in an unsafe, unpredictable acceleration; exhibits a hard deceleration, or “clunk,” when drivers either slow down or accelerate at low speeds; causes complete transmission failure in the middle of roadways, and suffers catastrophic failure, necessitating replacement.
To view a copy of the class action complaint, please click “Nissan Continuously Variable Transmission Complaint.”
VEHICLE OWNERS AND LESSEES AFFECTED BY AUTOMOTIVE DEFECTS OR SAFETY RECALLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE THE FORM ON THE RIGHT OR CONTACT KEHOE LAW FIRM, P.C., [email protected], FOR A FREE, NO-OBLIGATION EVALUATION OF POTENTIAL LEGAL CLAIMS.