Anyone else remember what the world felt like before all these Takata recalls? I’m starting to forget considering the first one came all the way back in May of 2013. I’m pretty sure the air smelled sweeter, the birds all sang in harmony, and I didn’t cry overtime I heard a word ending in “ata.”
Anyway, I guess these batch recalls are our new reality. Nissan announced they’re pulling back 53,000 Versa sedans and hatchbacks to replace the passenger-side airbag inflators.
Takata has been in the news a lot lately, and none of it has been good – more confirmed casualties and stop-driving orders have prompted questions from our much-maligned Senators. Ooo, I have a question – what the heck took them so long?
West-coast Nissan owners may soon be getting reimbursed for timing chain repairs thanks to a recent settlement.
Under the settlement, affected owners and lessees are entitled to partial reimbursement for money spent in connection with the diagnosis of, repair to, or replacement of the primary or secondary timing chain systems or components. Alternatively, those owners and lessees may receive a voucher to be used toward the purchase of a new Nissan vehicle.Reimbursement percentages are based on the mileage of the vehicle at the time of repair, and a vehicle with more than 120,000 miles at the time of repair is not entitled to reimbursement.
The settlement covers owners of the following in California or Washington State (sorry Oregon):
2004-2008 Nissan Maxima
2004-2009 Nissan Quest
2004-2006 Nissan Altima (VQ35 engine)
2005-2007 Nissan Pathfinder
2005-2007 Nissan Xterra
2005-2007 Nissan Frontier (VQ40 engine)
Oh, and in case you’re wondering why the offer stops at 120,000 miles, court documents reveal that’s the full life expectancy of vehicles, according to Nissan.
Between that revelation, timing chain problems, and transmissions choking on coolant, any 2005-2007 Frontier, Pathfinder, or Xterra owner that makes it past 120,000 miles should probably go play the lottery.
There is a serious danger lurking beneath the feet of 3rd-generation Altima owners. And since Nissan refuses to do anything about it, the issue has made its way to court.
“Plaintiff Marie DeMaria filed the proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges rust and corrosion can cause the floorboards to rust so severely the occupants can see the road. Additionally, the holes are deceptively dangerous because the interior carpet can hide the rust and corrosion from Altima owners.”
The problem is often concealed by the interior carpet and isn’t noticed until it’s too late. The rust often gets so bad that these vehicles can no longer pass state inspections without expensive repairs.
Are the transmission cooling systems in Nissan’s Xtronic CVTs too small to handle the job? A recent lawsuit says so and thinks it’s time Nissan paid for their mistakes.
The lead plaintiff says a simple warning light quickly escalated into a fried, useless transmission.
“The overheated CVT will send the Sentra into fail-safe mode which takes down the engine RPM to try to protect components from further damage, but drivers can expect vibrations, shaking and shuddering and then dealing with transmission failure.”
“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.
“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.
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.
“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).
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 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.
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! 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.