Nissan Rogue Reported To Be Lurking And Jerking In Class Action
A class action lawsuit was filed against Nissan for alleged transmission defects of their Nissan Rogue CVT, which causes the vehicles to shudder, jerk, shake, and lurch, causing problems in acceleration.
According to the class action lawsuit, instead of using conventional gears, the CVT (continuously variable transmission) operates with a segmented steel belt between pulleys that can be adjusted to change the transmission’s reduction ratio.
The consumers in the complaint claim that getting the defect repaired costs exorbitantly.
Furthermore, they have accused Nissan of knowing since 2013 that the Rogue CVTs are defective and dangerous but have failed to effectively address it.
One of the plaintiffs, Teresa Stringer, purchased a new 2015 Rogue in Alabama but experienced acceleration problems two years after.
She would not have purchased her Rogue, Stringer stated in the complaint, had Nissan told her about the CVT issue.
Repairs cost a fortune, but the carmaker has never recalled nor warned consumers of the defects and has not even offered reimbursement to owners for the expenses they incurred over repairing their CVTs.
You can read about the case under the name: Stringer, et al., v. Nissan of North America Inc., et al., Case No. 3:21-cv-00099, M.D. TN.
Nissan Knew About The Defect But Never Recalled The Model
The defect affects Nissan Rogue models from 2014 to 2016.
The class action lawsuit made reference to the technical service bulletins (TSBs) regarding the Rogue transmissions that Nissan issued to dealerships that began in October 2015. The bulletins included:
- TSB NTB15-083: Concerns 2014-2016 Nissan Rogues and reprogramming the transmission control modules due to “a transmission judder (shake, shudder, single or multiple bumps or vibration).”
- TSB NTB15-084a: Outlines a procedure for replacement of the Nissan Rogue CVT assembly.
- TSB NTB15-086a: Concerns 2014-2016 Nissan Rogues that may “hesitate and/or have a lack of power” and prescribes various service procedures, including replacement of the CVT assembly.
- TSB NTB15-084b: Concerns 2014-2016 Nissan Rogues and a “transmission judder (shake, shudder, single or multiple bumps or vibration),” with dealers told to replace CVT assembly or the valve body.
- TSB NTB15-086f: Concerns 2014-2016 Nissan Rogues and replacing the CVT assembly, valve body and reprogramming the transmission control module.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) also received consumer complaints which should have urged the automaker to report the defects and recall the vehicles in 2013.
However, consumers allege that Nissan concealed these hazardous transmission issues and refrained from issuing a recall.
The Problem With The Nissan Rogue CVT
Transmission problems can cause poor performance and failure. The CVT defects happen without warning and during vehicle operation, which poses a safety hazard to drivers, passengers, and even to pedestrians.
- Telltale signs of transmission problems in a CVT include:
- Shaking or violent jerking when accelerating, also referred to as “juddering” or “shuddering,”
- Acceleration lags or delays, which often result in vehicles unpredictably rushing forward
- Complete acceleration failure
- “Clunking” or hard deceleration during slowdowns or low-speed accelerations
- Abnormally high RPM or loud whining noise when the vehicle comes up to speed
- Loud clunking or knocking when the appropriate gear ratio is finally selected
These issues can lead to problems in-vehicle control, which increases the risk of accidents such as crashes and collisions.
This is not the first time that Nissan was hit with lawsuits of a similar nature.
In 2018, Nissan was sued for CVT problems in their Sentra, Versa, and Note models.
Nissan knew about the issues, and specifically that they happened just outside the warranty period, which forced owners to shell out exorbitant amounts just to repair and/or replace.
On March 27 of last year, Nissan also received a similar complaint and, this time, the class action lawsuit involved the CVT defects of their vehicles, including Sentra, Altima, Maxima, and Rogue in Canada.
The class action was filed in Quebec and covered 2010-2016 Nissan vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission.
Another class action lawsuit was filed in October 2019 over the Nissan Rogue brake system or the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system.
Apparently, the AEB causes the vehicle to slow down or come to a full stop unexpectedly for detecting non-existing obstacles, which has caused 14 accidents and 5 injuries.
Nissan also knew about the defect, has issued TSBs, was made aware that the NHTSA received 1,400 consumer complaints, and still has not made a recall.
Editor’s Note on Nissan Rogue CVT Class Action Lawsuit:
This piece is written about the recent Nissan Rogue CVT Transmission Defect Lawsuit.
If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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