Nissan Altima Class Action Settlement By Rafael Suarez Over Faulty Headlights
Owners and lessees of specified Nissan Altima vehicles may be eligible to receive compensation as part of a class action settlement addressing allegations that certain Nissan Altima headlights are faulty.
Who is Included in the Class?
Owners of a Nissan Altima produced with halogen headlights between 2013 and 2018 who reside in the U.S.A. or one of its territories, including Puerto Rico, are included in this class.
All Nissan Altima vehicles from model years 2013 to 2018 were constructed with halogen headlamps and are included in the class, with the exception of the following vehicles, which were built with Xenon or LED headlights and are therefore not covered by the settlement:
- Model year 2017 — 2.5L SR trim, Midnight Edition
- Model year 2016–2018 — 2.5L SR trim, with Tech package
- Model year 2016–2017 — 2.5L SR trim, with LED Appearance package
- Model year 2017 — 3.5L SR trim
- Model year 2013–2018 — 3.5L SL trim
The settlement covers only headlight assemblies; lightbulbs are not included.
Class Action Lawsuit Recap
The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit allege the Nissan Altima’s headlights dim within a few years of ownership. Neither clearing haze nor changing the reflector cup will help. The class action lawsuit says the complete headlight assembly must be replaced.
Repairing defectively dim headlights could cost up to $1,200 for each pair. Also, after repair, the headlights may still dim.
The class action lawsuit alleges Nissan of failing to correct dim headlights in Altima models from 2013 to 2018.
Between 2013 and 2018, Nissan sold approximately 294,000 Altimas per year.
Nissan has decided to extend the periods of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty for the headlight assemblies in all Class Vehicles by 36 months, subject to the terms and conditions of the original Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty applicable to the Class Vehicle.
Nissan will reimburse for parts and labor paid by the Class Member for qualified headlight assembly replacements conducted up to October 25, 2021, regardless of whether the service was performed during the extended warranty period. If an authorized dealer completed the replacement, the Class Member would be repaid in full for the amount paid. If a non-Nissan vehicle repair facility completed the replacement, the company would refund real expenses for components and labor up to a maximum of $1,200 per replacement pair. If a Class Member only paid for parts, Nissan will pay the Class Member for the actual costs of the items and shipment.
Reimbursement prior to the effective date and within extended warranty: Class Members who are still within their extended warranty period and do not wish to wait until the settlement takes effect to obtain replacement headlights may pay for replacement headlights out of pocket and submit a claim for reimbursement.
A one-time free replacement — by Nissan — of the headlight assemblies will be provided if the member’s 72-month extended warranty period has passed and they are suffering headlamp dimming due to delamination. Within 65 days of the settlement’s effective date, a valid “Out-of-Warranty Claim Form” must be filed, and an authorized Nissan dealer must execute the replacement within six months following that 65-day deadline.
The settlement administrator will distribute notification of the effective date and Out-of-Warranty Claim Forms to the members identified via public records as having extended warranties that will expire on or about the Effective Date.
The settlement will conclude with a final approval hearing on December 20, 2021.
Opting out or objecting to the settlement must be done by November 22, 2021.
The deadline for warranty repairs – within six years if it’s a new buy or lease — begins on the effective date of the settlement, which is projected to be January 20, 2022, or later.
When the settlement becomes effective, the deadline for claiming a one-time out-of-warranty replacement will be announced.
The last day to file a claim for reimbursement is April 25, 2022.
Editor’s Note on Nissan Altima Headlights Settlement:
This article is written to inform you of Nissan’s class action settlement over its Altima headlights that dims within a few years of ownership. We recommend you to read the original case filing, the Altima headlights class action.
Case Name & No.: Rafael Suarez, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., Case No.3:21-cv-00393-WLC-AN
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division
Products/Services: 2013 to 2018 Faulty halogen headlights
Allegations: Nissan Altima halogen headlights dim within a few years of ownership even after replacement
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