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Nissan Might be Trying to Ditch the Brake Pedal in the Next Gen Leaf

The 2nd-generation Leaf is due out later this year and, according to reports, it may be trying to kill off the brake pedal. Here’s Steph Willems from TheTruthAboutCars.com:

Nissan promises a brake pedal designed to gather dust. The brand’s new e-Pedal, found in the 2018 Leaf, allows — with the push of a button — the ability to speed up, slow down, and hold a stop via the pedal on the right.

The car will come to a complete stop when you lift your foot off the e-Pedal, which Nissan says will be a more “exciting and engaging way to drive.” The only exciting about it will be watching traffic swerve around the Leaf driver who tried to coast but instead came to a screeching halt.

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Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting. In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.

I’d argue that one pedal isn’t simpler. Hell, some people still can’t tell the difference between the pedals we have now.

Nissan Says Their Timing Chains Are Just Super Noisy, Not Busted

Nissan owners are tired of their timing chains whining, buzzing, ticking, and knocking their engines apart.

In the case of Kobe Falco, et. al., v. Nissan North America, Inc., and Nissan Motor Company, LTD., the plaintiffs say they were forced to pay for expensive timing chain repairs which happened to fall ever-so-conveniently just outside of Nissan’s warranty period. Earlier this year, the class-action was certified by a judge.

So now Nissan has brought together their best engineers and a top-notch legal team to come up with their defense –– ok, our timing chains are noisy, but they’re not a safety defect.

Nissan's defense team in court

From CarComplaints.com:

According to the automaker, there has never been anything defective about the timing chain systems and the most that owners can show is that the timing chains make noise, not that the systems are a safety risk. Nissan says the plaintiffs admit no crashes are attributed to the timing chains, even though the majority of the vehicles have been in service more than 10 years.

So the case will attempt to answer are Nissan’s timing chains just loud and annoying? Or are they loud, annoying, and potentially dangerous?

The vehicles named in the suit all use the same uniform timing chain system: the 2004-2008 Maxima, 2004-2009 Quest, 2004-2006 Altima (VQ35 engine), 2005-2007 Pathfinder, 2004-2007 Xterra, and the 2005-2007 Frontier (VQ49 engine).

NJ Garbage Company Lawsuit Says the 2014 Sentra's CVT is Trash

A lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey saying the 2014 Sentra has a defective Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that shakes, jerks, has trouble accelerating, and experiences sudden downshifts.

The lawsuit, Pinto of Montville Inc. v. Nissan North America, Inc, was filed by a garbage collection company which is oh so appropriate given the CVTs trashy reputation.

The plaintiff claims Nissan has concealed the defective transmissions while never ordering a recall, even after years of owner complaints. In addition, the automaker allegedly falsely advertised the transmissions as having fewer moving part to reduce friction and heat which makes the transmissions last longer.

The lawsuit mentions that Nissan issued a warranty extension campaign, but that only included the 2007-2010 Sentra, not the 2014.

Nissan Agrees to a ‘Service Campaign’ To Address Steering Lock Problems

The steering wheel lock nightmare is over (well, at least for some).

Years of complaints and countless warranty claims have finally forced Nissan’s hand as the automaker announced they will issue a service campaign for 243,000 vehicles with ESCL problems. Service campaign, recall, banana … whatever you want to call it, Nissan.

Let's check in on the owner reactions

The campaign is only for the 2009-2010 Altima, Altima Coupe, Altima Hybrid, and Maxima cars. They all come equipped with ESCLs that lock the steering wheel when the cars are parked and turned off.

Nissan says a manufacturing issue caused the ESCL to malfunction after the car had been turned off. Up until now, the owner’s only option was to replace the part which cost, on average, around $1000 with parts and labor.

Nissan will replace the ESCL with an electronic steering column box. If you’ve already paid for repairs, Nissan will reimburse you with the proper proof. Additional service campagin info is available on CarComplaints.com.

Heads Up, Nissan Owners! That Sunroof Isn’t As Safe As You’d Hope

Heads up, Nissan owners! The sunroof in your vehicle might soon be coming down in a thousand little pieces.

A lawsuit alleges that all of Nissan’s factory-installed sunroofs (panoramic or otherwise) can explode without warning. This includes any vehicle since 2008.

Plaintiff Janelle Horne says she was riding with her husband and four kids in a leased Infiniti QX80 when the sunroof exploded like a shotgun, causing Mr. Horne to pull off the highway and see shards of glass everywhere.

Yikes, that’ll get your attention. Hopefully this lawsuit means Nissan will start paying attention too.

The lawsuit only includes residents of California at this time, but similar lawsuits may be filed nationwide based on its results.

Nissan Recalls Even More Takata Airbags

Ugh, Takata – amirite?

The automakers are sick of it. I’m sick of it. I sure as heck know you’re sick of it too. But here we are – staring down another recall of 152,000 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.

By now I’m guessing you’ve heard about the dangers of Takata airbags, but here’s a quick recap:

  1. Over time Takata airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture.
  2. When that moisture mixes with the airbag’s propellant, the inflators become unstable and can explode sending shrapnel throughout the cabin.
  3. The problem is responsible for 11 deaths in the USA alone.

Mazda has now recalled more than 1 million vehicles for this problem. Find out if yours is on the most recent list.

A Misrouted Cable is Opening Altima Doors When They Should Stay Closed

The Altima has doors that are opening when they shouldn’t, such as when you go to roll down the window. And it appears to be due to a mistake on the manufacturing line.

Looks like some is going to be shown the door:

During the Altima [door] trim panel installation, a latch-lock cable inside the door was not routed correctly … [and] the cable can interfere with the window regulator and will inadvertently unlatch the door when the window is opened.

Nissan will recall 341,000 model year 2015-2017 Altimas to fix the issue.

GT-R Dashboards Melt Under the Sun, Says New Lawsuit

GT-R owners in Florida have sued Nissan for manufacturing defective dashboards that melt under the hot sun. And if there’s one thing Floridians know, it’s hot sun.

According to the GT-R lawsuit, the plaintiff says he took the vehicle to a dealership and was told it would cost about $2,000 to replace the dashboard. Heuer says he asked Nissan to cover the cost of the replacement, but was told Nissan would not spend its money for the dashboard.

Beyond cosmetics, the lawsuit says the melting dashboard is a hazard because:

  1. The dashboards become shiny and reflective, causing vision problems while driving.
  2. There’s a noxious chemical smell emanating from the melted plastic.

For now, the lawsuit is limited to Florida residents.

NHTSA Won’t Help 2013 Rogue Owners with Airbag Problems

If you’re a 2013 Rogue owner looking for some help with your late-deploying airbags, don’t count on the government. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is closing their investigation.

Safety regulators specifically looked at the airbag inflators, electrical wiring harnesses, connectors and the systems behind how the airbags deploy. Nissan responds it doesn’t believe there is a problem, and investigations of the Rogue SUVs determined the airbags deploy as intended.

The investigation was opened in January 2015 after owners complained their airbags deployed late (or sometimes not at all). NHTSA says the complaints were “unusual,” and will continue to monitor the situation. If you have one now is a great time to share your concern.

370Z Clutch Pedal Sticks to Floor Lawsuit

If you’re the owner of a Nissan 370Z equipped with a FS6R31A manual transmission and you’re not a fan of the clutch pedals sticking to the floor, then this class-action lawsuit will probably be of interest to you.

According to the plaintiff, Nissan has known about the 370Z clutch problems since 2008 because of customer complaints, but the automaker concealed the alleged defect from consumers. The lawsuit also alleges the automaker has refused to reimburse owners for repairs to the transmission and failed to order a recall to fix the cars.

The lawsuit says continued clutch problems cause excessive wear and tear on the transmissions. Not to mention the headaches from all the other drivers honking at you.

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