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Nissan Altima Headlights Dim Over Time Class Action

The complaint for this class action alleges that the headlights in certain Nissan Altima vehicles become dimmer over time and that this poses a hazard for drivers. In fact, the complaint alleges, many owners “report being afraid to drive their Altima at night, and some have reported being pulled over by police due to dim headlights.”

The class for this action is all persons in the US who bought or leased, other than for resale, a 2013-2018 Nissan Altima equipped with halogen headlamps. Subclasses have also been defined for California, Florida, and Ohio.

According to the complaint, the defect is not in the halogen bulbs but in the headlamp assembly. A photo in the complaint shows this compact projector headlamp as being “housed within a highly reflective cup or bowl, which reflects the light from the bulb forward through a semi-spherical focusing lens.” The complaint claims the defect “causes [the] reflective surface inside of the headlamp assembly to become dull, which causes the light output from the low beam headlights to become progressively dimmer over time.”

The complaint charges, “It has been well-known for at least a decade within the motor vehicle industry that compact projector headlamps must be carefully manufactured and designed to ensure that the reflector cup is robust enough to withstand heat from the light bulb. Moreover, halogen bulbs generate significantly more heat than other kinds of bulbs, such as Xenon or LED bulbs.” The headlamps must also keep moisture out, because that too can degrade the reflector surface.

According to the complaint, these failures can cause “the reflective surface of the projector cup to burn or ‘outgas,’ meaning the reflective coating vaporizes. This outgassing reduces the reflectivity of the coating, causing it to appear ‘burned’… In addition, the outgassed material can deposit on the lens surface within the headlamp, further degrading headlamp performance.”

The complaint alleges that Nissan has known about the problem since 2013 but has not informed customers or prospective customers. It has also refused to offer customers free replacements.

The three plaintiffs in this case have similar stories. For example, Richard Byrd bought his 2015 Nissan Altima as a certified used car, in February 2017. He also bought a Gold-level extended warranty plan, which covers the headlights, among other things, up to seven years and 100,000 miles. No one warned him about the dim headlights.

Around January 2019, the complaint alleges, “he noticed that he could hardly see the road at night. On one occasion, this hazardous condition almost caused an accident.” The following month, he took it to the dealership, which replaced the bulbs for $230, telling him his warranty did not cover headlight bulbs. However, the new bulbs did not cure the problem. Finally, Byrd paid to have the headlamps replaced, which cost him more than $1,200.

The complaint alleges breaches of warranties and fraudulent concealment, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Nissan Altima Headlights Dim Over Time Complaint

May 14, 2021

The complaint for this class action alleges that the headlights in certain Nissan Altima vehicles become dimmer over time and that this poses a hazard for drivers. In fact, the complaint alleges, many owners “report being afraid to drive their Altima at night, and some have reported being pulled over by police due to dim headlights.”

Nissan Altima Headlights Dim Over Time Complaint

Case Event History

Nissan Altima Headlights Dim Over Time Complaint

May 14, 2021

The complaint for this class action alleges that the headlights in certain Nissan Altima vehicles become dimmer over time and that this poses a hazard for drivers. In fact, the complaint alleges, many owners “report being afraid to drive their Altima at night, and some have reported being pulled over by police due to dim headlights.”

Nissan Altima Headlights Dim Over Time Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Headlights or Tail Lights