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Nissan Rogue Defective Xtronic Transmission Class Action

This class action brings suit against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., claiming that certain 2014-2020 Rogue vehicles are equipped with a faulty Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The complaint alleges that the vehicles experience sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking and other problems when drivers try to accelerate.

The class for this action is all individuals in the US who bought or leased a 2014-2020 Nissan Rogue equipped with an Xtronic CVT. A New York Subclass has also been defined for those who bought or leased their vehicles in New York.

The complaint alleges, about the defective Xtronic CVT, that “it causes sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking (commonly referred to as ‘juddering’ or ‘shudderning’), stalling, or lurching when drivers attempt to accelerate their vehicles; it causes the vehicle to lag or delay when the driver tries to accelerate, causing an unsafe, unpredictable acceleration; it exhibits a hard deceleration or ‘clunk’ when drivers either slow down or accelerate at low speeds; it causes complete transmission failure in the middle of roadways and it suffers from catastrophic failure, necessitating replacement.”

The defect therefore “presents an unreasonable safety risk[,]” the complaint claims, because it makes it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle, making it “difficult to change lanes, merge into traffic, turn, accelerate from stop light[s]/sign[s], and accelerate onto highways or freeways.”

The plaintiff for this class action, Menachem Landa, bought a certified pre-owned 2016 Nissan Rogue in October 2019. The complaint alleges he began to have problems with it not long after he bought it. For example, it “felt sluggish when accelerating, such as when merging onto a highway,” was “slow to respond, sluggish and jerky when driving on inclines,” and when he tried to slow down, he “would have to bear down unusually hard on the pedal and would experience hard jerking.”

The complaint claims that a technician noticed the “delayed responsiveness” and while he performed an update, he did not pinpoint the defect or perform a repair.

The complaint alleges that Nissan has been aware of the problem since 2013 or earlier, knowing “that the CVT installed in the Class Vehicles would require frequent replacement…, that the replacement transmissions installed would be equally defective as the originals, and that the CVT would cause the symptoms of the CVT Defect described above…, yet Nissan continued to install the defective CVT.”

Moreover, it says, Nissan has not only not warned prospective customers, “it also actively concealed, and continues to conceal, its knowledge concerning the CVT Defect.” How has it done this? The complaint points to the Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) issued to its dealerships, who are periodically confronted with the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has logged many complaints about the problem, and this complaint reproduces a number of them, as well as others from CarComplaints.com.

The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Nissan Rogue Defective Xtronic Transmission Complaint

March 17, 2021

This class action brings suit against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., claiming that certain 2014-2020 Rogue vehicles are equipped with a faulty Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The complaint alleges that the vehicles experience sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking and other problems when drivers try to accelerate.

Nissan Rogue Defective Xtronic Transmission Complaint

Case Event History

Nissan Rogue Defective Xtronic Transmission Complaint

March 17, 2021

This class action brings suit against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., claiming that certain 2014-2020 Rogue vehicles are equipped with a faulty Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The complaint alleges that the vehicles experience sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking and other problems when drivers try to accelerate.

Nissan Rogue Defective Xtronic Transmission Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Transmission