What You Need to Know About the Sentra Versa CVT Settlement
Patricia Weckwerth, et. al. v. Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. or Nissan, was the subject of a class action lawsuit that allegedly involved models of its Juke, Note, and Nissan Sentra Versa vehicles that had a transmission defect that could have lead to an abrupt shaking during driving.
Plaintiffs claim that the following models had the defect, as they used the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
- 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra Versa
- 2014-2017 Nissan Versa Note
- 2012-2017 Nissan Juke
A plaintiff even swears to the fact that her Nissan abruptly stopped in the middle of a five-lane freeway.
There are several ways that the vehicles show how defective the transmission can become, such as the unexpected and violent shaking when drivers accelerate their cars. Delay and lag also happen when drivers accelerate their cars, but the car suddenly speeds up.
Details About the Nissan Sentra Versa CVT Settlement
By November 2019, Nissan extended the warranties and provided reimbursement for the repair costs for the owners who bought the Sentra, Versa, or Versa Note vehicles with a defective transmission.
Nissan did not admit that they did anything wrong but agreed to settle and resolve the class action lawsuit brought against them.
The owners will receive a Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty extension from 60 months to 84 months and 60,000 miles to 84,000.
Customers who paid for their cars to get fixed may also get reimbursement if the following conditions apply:
- The repairs done on their cars were made by a legitimate Nissan CVT dealer.
- The repairs were made within the time and mileage limits, 84 months or 84,000 miles.
- The repairs were made before January 30, 2020, or before the car’s odometer went over 90,000 miles, whichever occurs first, as long as customers can prove that the Nissan dealer diagnosed the problem and recommended repairs while the car was under the warranty extension.
If a non-Nissan repair facility made the repairs, customers could also get up to $4,750 as reimbursement. A former owner who had repairs made over two times may get a $1,000 voucher toward a new Nissan or Infiniti purchase or lease.
The court approved the proposed settlement on March 6, 2020. For the class members to claim the benefits of the settlement, they had to fill out a claim form and send it to the settlement administrator.
They could have done it by either going to this link or by contacting the settlement administrator at 1-855-22-6841.
Eligible class members just needed to fill out the form and send it by mail, the settlement website, or through this address: Nissan Sentra Versa CVT Litigation Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 43180 Providence, RI 02940-3180.
A continuously variable transmission, or CVT, is an automatic transmission that uses variable-width pulleys and a movable belt instead of fixed gears like a regular automatic transmission.
A CVT is made to deliver seamless acceleration as it helps cars to avoid having to shift from one gear to another, which unfortunately may cause a car to jerk and halt.
Car manufacturers have used CVTs in their car models, but none have gotten more into it than Nissan.
When the Problem Started
By the time Nissan introduced CVT to their cars in the country in 2000, many people had found it works well enough to be used on all car models in the future.
Although the people who owned the 2003 Nissan Murano experienced problems with the CVTs in their cars.
The owners experienced difficulty in accelerating the vehicles and often felt shakes when they tried speeding up their cars. The transmission also ran too hot or shut down without warning.
Almost all owners who purchased or leased the 2003 Nissan Murano experienced issues with their transmissions and unexpectedly gave out near the 118,000-mile mark. It also meant that the owners had to pay around $4,100 to repair the transmissions.
Nissan’s CVT Transmissions Class Actions
Similar to the 2018 lawsuit, plaintiffs claim that the Nissan CVT Rogue has a transmission defect that makes the car shake uncontrollably.
Teresa Stinger, Karen Brooks, and William Papania were the lead plaintiffs of the case and claimed that the defect affected Rogue cars with model years 2014 to 2016.
Asides from the uncontrollable shaking of the vehicle, having the car repaired also costs too much. According to the lawsuit, the problem would have been addressed if Nissan had resolved it immediately.
Stringer also relates the issue she had with her 2015 Nissan CVT Rogue, which she bought in Alabama and went through transmission issues only two years later.
According to the lawsuit, the car revved excessively and was clocked at a high RPM but never sped up. Stringer mentioned the car only jerked and lurched on the road at highway speeds.
Plaintiffs already forwarded different complaints to the National Highway Transportation Safety (NHTSA), along with the manufacturer’s own testing process, which should already have given Nissan an idea of the magnitude of the defect.
The Nissan Altima’s 4th generation introduced in 2007 and the 5th generation in 2012 was the reason for complaints from current and former Altima owners. The complaints revolved around the steering wheel failing to lock when needed or the dashboards melt, especially in the 2007 Altimas.
Many people complained about the CVT transmission failure at the 100,000-mile mark. It also took about $4,400 to get it fixed.
The problem also occurred in the 2012 Altimas at the 110,000-mile mark with a repair cost of about $3,200.
Nissan promised to get the problem fixed but couldn’t do so throughout the 4th generation Altima’s lifespan.
Christopher Gann, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc.
Owners and lessees of the 2013-2016 Nissan Altima have particular complaints about the vehicle’s CVT, which either has poor performance or often fails. They filed a class action lawsuit soon after.
The plaintiffs also claimed that Nissan North America, Inc. has breached express and implied warranty and violated various state consumer protection statutes.
The plaintiffs felt that they have a case but went with the settlement as once a settlement is approved, it can give benefits to the class members while preventing any risks linked with more litigation and longer trial.
Nissan also thinks that the case has no merit but offered the settlement as a commitment to their customers. It will provide peace of mind to their customers and close further litigation, which can take too long and be expensive.
The final fairness hearing was held on March 6, 2020, and the court approved the proposed settlement on March 10, 2020. Any objections to the settlement had a deadline no later than February 7, 2020.
About Nissan North America Inc.
Located in Franklin, Tennessee, they are fully owned by Nissan Motor Corporation of Japan. The company was founded in 1960. They have four manufacturing facilities in the USA: Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, Canton, Mississippi.
Editor’s Note on Sentra Versa CVT Settlement – Class Action Lawsuits & Settlement Over Defective CVT From Nissan:
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