Have a Nissan or Infiniti vehicle? You may be part of at least one class action lawsuit.
Many Nissan models come equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a type of transmission that has been the target of many class action lawsuits. Automatic and manual transmissions each have their pros and cons. The CVT transmission was supposed to provide the pros of both; better fuel economy, easy driving on hills and a smoother driving experience.
However, multiple class action lawsuits allege that some Nissan Rogue, Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti Qx60 vehicles have faulty CVTs that can make driving unsafe.
What Is A Continuously Variable Transmission?
A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a transmission that does not use physical gears to change gear ratios during normal driving. The CVT instead uses a belt-and-pulley system, in which a segmented steel belt connects a pair of adjustable pulleys. These pulleys adjust to change the reduction ratio in the transmission.
The CVT is electronically controlled by a Transmission Control Module, a component that also appears in automatic transmissions.
What Are Common CVT Transmission Problems?
Nissan has faced several class action lawsuits that make similar claims about CVT transmission problems. These drivers report that their CVT transmissions cause delayed acceleration, stalling, jerking, lurching, juddering, shaking and premature transmission failure.
These drivers allege that when they try to accelerate their vehicles from a stop, or to merge onto highway traffic, the vehicle fails to increase in speed. Instead, the engine allegedly makes loud revving noises while acceleration is delayed.
These Nissan and Infiniti drivers claim these problems happen without warning. Reported acceleration problems allegedly increase the risk of being rear-ended or causing an accident.
Do All Nissan Rogue, Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti Qx60 Vehicles Have A CVT Transmission?
No, not all Nissan Rogue or Pathfinder SUVs are equipped with CVT transmissions. While many of these Nissan SUVs have CVT transmissions, others may have a different transmission type.
Nissan has also installed CVT transmissions in models such as Altima, Maxima, Juke, Sentra, Versa and Versa Note. Many class action lawsuits pertaining to other Nissan models with CVT transmissions have previously been settled.
If you have a 2014–2020 Nissan Rogue, 2015–2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV, or 2015–2019 Infiniti Qx60 then you probably have a CVT transmission. If you are unsure of which transmission your vehicle has, there are multiple ways to check.
You can find your transmission type in your owner’s manual in the glove compartment. If you have lost your owner’s manual, you may find your transmission type on the sticker on the inner frame of your driver’s side door.
Alternatively, you can write down your vehicle identification number (VIN) and call your local dealership. The dealership should be able to search this information for you, once you provide your VIN.
How Has Nissan Responded To These CVT Transmission Problems?
According to one class action lawsuit, Nissan knew about these CVT transmission problems since at least 2013.
However, Nissan allegedly has hidden CVT problems to avoid paying for its mistakes. Some consumers allege that Nissan denies the existence of CVT problems until the consumers’ warranties expire – which is after five years or 60,000 miles. In some cases, Nissan allegedly requires consumers to pay for CVT transmission repairs, even when the warranties are still active.
Your Nissan or Infiniti vehicle may be a lemon if it has recurring problems that affect its use, safety or value, and those problems cannot be fixed by your local dealership or authorized repair shop within a reasonable number of repair attempts. Problems in your CVT transmission can negatively affect your vehicle’s use, value or safety. If Nissan or an authorized repair shop cannot fix your vehicle within a reasonable number of attempts, your vehicle may be a lemon.
The number of repair attempts considered “reasonable” can differ on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about your rights under the California Lemon Law, you should consult with a California lemon law attorney about your situation.
Our California lemon law firm can help you obtain the reward you deserve for your faulty Nissan or Infiniti vehicle.
If you’re included in one or more class action lawsuits, we can help you opt out. If you opt out before certain deadlines, you retain your right to pursue an individual lemon law case. In doing so, you may get a larger award than you would out of a class action settlement. In addition, we can pursue claims specific to your situation.