Posts tagged CVT
Nissan Altima CVT Class Action nears Settlement

A class action concerning the CVT transmission in 2013-2016 Nissan Altima’s (Elisa Cabebe vs. Nissan of North America, Inc) is nearing settlement as parties representing the plaintiff here submitted a Proposed Settlement for the federal court to review and sign off on. With that, there are more than a few hurdles potential class members have to jump through, namely:

… a Class Member must satisfy in order to be eligible to receive a reimbursement for a Qualifying Repair pursuant to the terms of this Settlement Agreement, which are:

  1. the Class Member must be a current or former owner or lessee of a Class Vehicle as of the Notice Date;

  2. the Class Member actually paid for a Qualifying Repair; and

  3. the Class Member must submit to the Settlement Administrator within the applicable Claims Period

    1. a properly completed Claim Form with a proper VIN;

    2. an affirmation under penalty of perjury that the Class Member (i) is a current or former owner or lessee of the Class Vehicle identified on the Claim Form and (ii) is not seeking reimbursement for any portion of the Qualifying Repairs previously paid for by NNA or by an extended warranty or service contract provider; and

    3. all necessary supporting documentation which is:

      1. Appropriate Contemporaneous Documentation of Qualifying Repair establishing that (i) a Qualifying Repair was made; (ii) the Class Member paid for the Qualifying Repair; (iii) the amount paid for the Qualifying Repair; (iv) the vehicle’s mileage at the time of the Qualifying Repair; and (v) the date of the Qualifying Repair. B.

      2. Additionally, for a Qualifying Repair made after expiration of the Warranty Extension but within the time frame described in Paragraph 59, Appropriate Contemporaneous Documentation of Nissan Diagnosis establishing that (i) an authorized Nissan dealer diagnosed and recommended a repair to the transmission assembly or ATCU; (ii) the vehicle’s mileage at the time of the diagnosis and recommendation was within the Warranty Extension Period; and (iii) the date on which the diagnosis and recommendation was made which was within the Warranty Extension Period.

Needless to say, there are more than a few hurdles to jump through here, not including the fact that the Judge still has to approve the settlement. The ‘benefits’ of the class action are:

If you are a Class Member, you could receive one of the following benefits if the Settlement is approved:

  1. Warranty Extension. Nissan will extend the terms of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty for the transmission assembly (including the valve body and torque converter) and Automatic Transmission Control Unit (“ATCU”) in all Class Vehicles by twenty-four (24) months or twenty-four thousand (24,000) miles, whichever occurs first (the “Warranty Extension”). The Warranty Extension will be subject to the terms and conditions of the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty applicable to the Class Vehicle.

  2. Reimbursement for Replacement of or Repair to Transmission Assembly or ATCU. Nissan will reimburse Class Members for parts and labor actually paid by the Class Member for qualifying repairs involving the replacement of or repair to the transmission assembly or ATCU of their Class Vehicle if the work was done after the expiration of the powertrain coverage under the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty but within the durational limits of the Warranty Extension. If the replacement or repair was performed by a Nissan dealer, the full amount the Class Member paid will be reimbursed. If the repair or replacement was performed by a nonNissan automotive repair facility, Nissan will reimburse up to $5,000 for that repair or replacement. In both cases, the replacement or repair must have occurred on or before the Class Vehicle has been in service for eighty-four (84) months or been driven for eighty-four thousand (84,000) miles, whichever occurs first. If you paid for more repairs on more than one occasion, you can be reimbursed for all qualifying repairs subject to the above limits. For more information, see Question 8 below.

  3. Voucher Towards Purchase or Lease of a New Vehicle. Former owners of Class Vehicles who had two (2) or more replacements or repairs to the transmission assembly or ATCU during their ownership experience (as reflected by NNA warranty records) are eligible for a Voucher in the amount of $1,000 for either a purchase or lease of a single new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle. Prior software updates and/or reprogramming do not count as a prior repair. The election to apply the Voucher toward the purchase or lease of a single new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle must be exercised within nine (9) months of the Effective Date of this Settlement. The Voucher is not transferable. Class Members eligible for a Voucher but also eligible for reimbursement of a qualifying repair must elect either to receive the Voucher or to receive reimbursement; you cannot receive both.

There is NOT an option to have the vehicle repurchased from you, nor an option to receive a replacement vehicle. Furthermore, further claims must be submitted through the BBB.

All in all, if you’re in California and you’ve had warranty work done to your Nissan CVT transmission, you may be better off filing an individual lemon law claim. If you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Chevrolet Spark Transmission Problems

Along the same vein of the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Cruze piston problems written here, there have been more than a few complaints regarding the 2014-2017 Chevrolet Spark regarding transmission issues. Specifically, the issues revolve around a specfic transmission (RPOs M4M, MR8). Consumers have complained about the Check Engine light being illuminated and the following diagnostic trouble codes

  1. P0871 (Transmission Fluid Pressure Switch 3 System Performance)

  2. P2714 (Pressure Control Solenoid Valve 4 Stuck Off—Hydraulic/Mechanical Problem) may be set in the Transmission Control Module (TCM).

There is a reference to potential TSB named PIP5521A.

Common complaints also include:

  • Jerking or shuddering during the normal course of driving

  • Hesitations while attempting to accelerate from a stopped position

  • Engine stalls out or intermittently shutting off

  • Rough start or hard shift and sudden acceleration

  • Hesitations while attempting to accelerate from a stopped position

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chevrolet Spark to a dealership for issues above, from transmission failure, transmission fluid switch replacement, or any warranty condition, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  

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Nissan North America Facing Class Action Over Alleged Transmission Defect, Should have recalled

A Nissan Altima transmission recall should have been issued years ago according to a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges 2013-2014 Altimas shake, shudder, make a whining noise, hesitate and finally fail from transmission failures.

The lawsuit includes all consumers who purchased or leased 2013-2014 Nissan Altimas equipped with CVT transmissions.

The Nissan Altima transmission class-action lawsuit was filed Tennessee and the name of it is Gann, et al., v. Nissan North America.

From classaction.org

A proposed class action filed in Tennessee against Nissan North America, Inc. alleges 2013-2014 Altima vehicles suffer from a transmission defect that causes “shuddering, hesitation, stalling, unusual noises,” and ultimately total failure. The alleged defect in Nissan’s continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) presents a significant safety risk, the complaint states, as vehicles stricken with the issue can lose momentum suddenly before stalling—supposedly without illumination of the cars’ brake lights.

According to the 29-page suit, the defect presents itself when a driver hits the accelerator; despite pressing the pedal, nothing occurs, the case claims. This event is sometimes followed by a sudden surge of power, which the lawsuit says increases the risk a driver will lose control over his or her vehicle. The cost of a total transmission replacement, which the suit points out consumers regularly have to undergo once the defect manifests, is upward of $3,000, according to the case.

Nissan allegedly knew the CVTs in certain Altima models were defective yet instead misrepresented the safety of the vehicles to proposed class members, the case says. As the lawsuit tells it, Nissan “knowingly engaged in omissions of material facts and false and misleading representations” concerning the performance of its 2013-2014 Altima transmissions.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Nissan recalls 166K vehicles for ignition-switch defect

Nissan is recalling 153,047 vehicles in the US and Canada over concerns about defective ignition switches. The recall affects 2017 and 2018 model-year versions of the Juke,  Frontier, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note,NV, NV200 and NV Taxi.  

Nissan says components inside the ignition switch can wear, resulting in "reduced durability." Coupled with excessive vibrations, the key could inadvertently bump from the "on" position while driving. 

A Nissan spokesman told CR that the recall is happening out of “an abundance of caution,” and that the automaker is “not aware of any incidents related to this condition.”

From NHTSA: 

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2017 and 2018 Juke SUVs, Frontier pickup trucks, Sentra and Versa sedans, Versa Note hatchbacks, and NV200, NV1500, NV2500, and NV3500 vans sold in the U.S. The Nissan Taxi and Canada-only Nissan Micra are also included in the recall, as is the Chevrolet City Express van (which is made by Nissan). Vehicles with push-to-start keyless ignitions are not included.

The problem: Ignition systems that use a mechanical key “may experience reduced durability after several years of normal use,” the automaker said. “In extreme cases, under specific vibration conditions, the key could potentially move out of the ‘ON’ position while the vehicle is in motion.” '

NHTSA said that a vehicle's air bag system would "continue to be powered through built-in electrical capacity reserve" if the ignition shut off, but "this reserve will deplete unless the vehicle is restarted," which increases the risk of injury from a crash.

The fix: Dealers will “inspect and, if necessary, replace the mechanical key ignition switch assembly” at no cost to owners, Nissan said.
 Nissan recall for ignition concerns includes the 2018 Nissan Frontier
How to contact the manufacturer: Nissan plans to notify owners of vehicles included in the recall by October 19, 2018.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V551

More information can be had here:  https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

 

 

Nissan CVT Warranty Extension

I've written pretty extensively regarding failures in the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) in Nissan vehicles, namely here (Another Nissan CVT Class Action (Versa)), here (2012-2017 Nissan Sentra CVT Class Action Filed), here (Nissan Timing Chain Class Action Settlement), and here (Nissan CVT Warranty Extension). 

However, the link to the warranty extension on the Nissan web page has been, conveniently, taken down. This was a free warranty extension given to 2003-2010 Nissan Vehicle’s equipped with a CVT transmission.

However, thanks to the Internet Archive, you can now find a copy in all its glory here:  https://web.archive.org/web/20100124032242/www.nissanassist.com/ProgramDetails.php?menu=2 and now copy pasted below:

CVT Program Details

Dear Nissan Owner:

On behalf of everyone at Nissan, we would like to thank you for choosing to drive a Nissan. One of the many technologically-advanced features of your vehicle is the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), an innovative transmission that offers smooth, seamless shifting, while tailoring the vehicle's output to your driving style.

While Nissan is proud to offer this technology on many of our models, a small percentage of owners of early models equipped with CVTs have expressed concerns about the cost of repair of their transmissions after the warranty expires. We take these comments about the cost of vehicle ownership seriously. We strive to provide an exceptional ownership experience and are implementing a thorough Customer Satisfaction Program to address this topic.

First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first.

This extension is effective immediately and requires no action on your part. The remainder of your powertrain warranty coverage for components other than the transmission remains unchanged, at 5 years/60,000 miles, and your basic warranty coverage also remains unchanged. All other warranty terms, limitations and conditions otherwise apply. This extended transmission warranty is also fully transferable to future owners of your vehicle.

Second, Nissan will reimburse customers who have previously paid to repair or replace their CVT, if the repairs would have been covered within the new extended warranty period. Even if you no longer own your Nissan we will reimburse you for past CVT repairs that would have been covered under this extension of the warranty.

Further, in the unlikely event that your vehicle's transmission should need repair beyond the extended warranty period we are working to decrease the cost of repair and have already reduced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of a replacement CVT. In addition, we continuously strive to enhance our products, and have made ongoing improvements to our CVTs over the years.

Nissan is taking these actions to demonstrate our confidence in the CVT technology and to show our commitment to stand behind our products.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

If you have previously paid for repairs to your CVT within the time and mileage limits of this new extended warranty, we ask that you download the Reimbursement Claim Form and follow the instructions on the site. If you have additional questions, please contact the Nissan CVT Customer Assistance Center at 888-388-0318. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting the Reimbursement Claim Form is July 31, 2010.

The extended warranty coverage for CVT repair or replacement is effective immediately.

If you seek coverage for a repair under this extended warranty you will need to bring your vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer. The factory-trained technical staff at the Nissan dealer will have the diagnostic tools and knowledge to provide you with the appropriate service and submit your warranty claim. If you have additional questions regarding this program, contact the Nissan CVT Customer Assistance Center at 888-388-0318 for assistance.

At Nissan we and our dealers work daily to deliver an outstanding ownership experience that will earn your confidence and trust. We are committed to doing the right thing for our customers and look forward to a long relationship that you find satisfying and rewarding. Thank you for choosing Nissan.

Sincerely,

Kevin Martin
Vice President Total Customer Satisfaction

If you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

 

 

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Nissan CVT Problems

California consumers have been complaining vociferously regarding the problematic CVT transmissions in the Sentra, Versa, Juke,  Note, Pathfinder and Altima.  While Nissan did extend the warranty on the 2003-2010 models, Nissan later completely removed all reference to that warranty extension from their web page.  There have been multiple class actions filed regarding the CVT equipped Nissan vehicles.  

Common complaints in CVT equipped Nissans are:

  • Sudden shaking and violent jerking when drivers accelerate.
  • Lag or delay when the driver tries to accelerate.
  • Hard deceleration or “clunk” when drivers slow down or accelerate at low speeds.
  • Complete transmission failures and replacements.

A startling problem here is that, once out of warranty, it can cost approximately $4,000 to have the problematic CVT replaced AND, generally, dealerships often have trouble verifying the symptoms until it's too late!

The good news here is that, if you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

 

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Suzuki CVT Transmission Recall

Suzuki and SX4 are having problems with their continuously variable transmission (CVT) control modules.  They're recalling approximately 5,800 vehicles.  Oddly enough, the CVT manufacturer (JATCO) is the same manufacturer of Nissan CVT's, which have had their fair share of problems.  

The automaker told federal safety regulators the modules in model year 2013 Kizashi and SX4 models can fail and cause a sudden reduction in speed and acceleration.

The CVT modules, manufactured by Jatco, have resistors soldered to lead frames that are mounted on internal boards, except in the recalled vehicles there are areas that were left unsoldered.

Suzuki says stress cracks caused by heat can start in the unsoldered areas and cause electrical issues. This can cause the solenoids that control hydraulic pressure of the transmission fluid to increase in pressure, causing a rise in transmission fluid temperatires.

The Suzuki Kizashi and SX4 recall will begin in June 2018, when dealers will replace the transmission control modules.

Owners with concerns may contact Suzuki at 800-934-0934.

Nissan Recalls 11,000 Juke Models For Seat Belt Issue

Per Autotrader, Nissan is recalling certain Nissan Jukes for a seat belt issue (surprisingly, not the CVT):

Nissan will soon recall more than 11,000 units of its compact JUKE crossover. The automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the recall, which affects 2012 models manufactured between February and May.

According to the NHTSA, the recall is necessary because an incomplete weld could cause the JUKE's rear seatback striker to separate. As a result, the rear seatback could become loose in an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the crossover's rear seat occupants.

Nissan says the recall affects 11,076 Juke models built from February 3, 2012, to May 26. The automaker says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries stemming from the defective part, which was discovered during routine testing of internal components. Nissan also confirmed no other models are included in the recall.

 

JUKE owners with questions can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 or reach the NHTSA's recall hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems

2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinders equipped with a CVT transmission have been known to have issues.  Common complaints typically involve a 'whining noise' emanating from the transmission, loss of power while shifting, jolting and juddering.  That has been typical of all CVT transmissions since they were introduced.  However, many consumers have begun to make complaints regarding the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder as well.  

Nissan has issued the following TSB's to attempt to repair the issue: 

  • NTB15-015h - PATHFINDER, QUEST, MURANO, MAXIMA, ALTIMA V6; CVT JUDDER AND DTC P17F0 OR P17F1 STORED
  • NTB12-103e - CVT / TCM CALIBRATION DATA "WRITE" PROCEDURE
  • NTB15-013d - NISSAN; PROCEDURE TO CLEAN CVT TRANSMISSION FLUID COOLERS
  • NTB17-003 - PATHFINDER, MURANO, AND ROGUE; FLUID LEAK CAUSED BY TRANSFER ASSEMBLY RIGHT SIDE DRIVE SHAFT SEAL
  • NTB16-085 - "ENHANCED DIAGNOSTIC LOGIC FOR CVT

If you have experienced CVT transmission issues with your 2015 Nissan Pathfinder, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement or monetary compensation under the California Lemon Law.  

For a free consultation regarding your rights as a consumer or to see if your vehicle qualifies under lemon law, please call us at 424-299-4447 or visit us at www.valerolaw.com.

 

 

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Another Nissan CVT Class Action (Versa)

Nissan has had some issues with their CVT transmissions.  I wrote about the warranty extension that Nissan issued to only some of its CVT owners, as well as a class action regarding the CVT transmission in Nissan Sentras AND a completely different class action that settled regarding the Nissan Pathfinders.  Now, Nissan is facing another class action regarding that same transmission in 2012-2013 Nissan Versas, with the Class Vehicles defined as: 

"...all current and former owners and lessees of 2012 and 2013 Nissan Versas that are equipped with CVTs that allegedly fail within and shortly after the warranties expire."

The class action alleges that the Nissan Versa will fail to accelerate and experience 'complete transmission failure' that consumers will later have to pay out of pocket for, which can cost in the thousands of dollars.  

The Nissan Versa CVT lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Michael Knotts, et. al., v. Nissan North America, Inc.

If you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan Versa to a dealership for issues above, from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

Nissan CVT Warranty Extension

Nissan and the issues with it's CVT transmission are pretty well known (See here, here and here).  However, if you do own one of the following Nissan vehicle's equipped with a CVT transmission, the good news is that Nissan issued a warranty extension for your CVT transmission to 10 years or 120,000 miles, which ever comes first. 

  • 2003-2010 Nissan Murano
  • 2008-2010 Nissan Rogue
  • 2009-2010 Nissan Cube
  • 2007-2010 Nissan Sentra
  • 2007-2010 Nissan Versa 1.8SL
  • 2007-2010 Nissan Maxima
  • 2007-2010 Nissan Altima
  • 2007-2010 Nissan Altima Coupe
  • 2007-2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid

You can click here for more information from Nissan's website. (Edit: 4/30/2018 - Nissan has since taken this webpage )

If you're in California and you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

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2012-2017 Nissan Sentra CVT Class Action Filed

In early September another consumer class action in California was filed against Nissan alleging the CVT transmissions in 2012-2017 Sentra’s are prone to premature failure.  I say another because there was an entirely different class action filed in 2016 alleging that the JATCO manufactured CVT transmission in 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinders and 2014 Infiniti QX60’s that recently settled (under that settlement, class members received an extended warranty on the transmission.  Whether that is a good settlement is up for debate).  

Here, the crux of the new class action is similar to the old in that the CVT transmission will fail due to overheating, which allegedly is too small to cool the CVT transmission.  The issue is fairly well documented on NHTSA and Nissan has known about this issue for awhile based on Technical Service Bulletins they’ve issued before, found here:

Ostensibly, Nissan has known about this issue for quite some time.  If you're in California and you’ve purchased a CVT equipped Nissan and you’re experiencing issues, you may be entitled to a refund!  Individual actions, as opposed to class actions, are preferable as the potential reward can be much greater and, since each case is unique in it's own right, individualized attention can be given to each matter.

If you’ve taken your CVT equipped Nissan Sentra to a dealership for issues above, from transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!
 

 

 

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