Nissan CVT Class Action Lawsuits

Owners of various makes and models of Nissan, including Versa, Sentra, Altima, Pathfinder, and others, have experienced multiple transmission problems.  Problems with the CVT transmission have been reported by many drivers, and several Nissan CVT class action lawsuits has been filed.  Owners may be entitled to compensation or new vehicles because of the CVT transmission problems.  Here is one report:

“A Nissan Versa CVT (continuously variable transmission) lawsuit alleges the cars fail to accelerate and finally experience complete transmission failure that causes owners and lessees to pay thousands of dollars for CVT replacements and repairs.

The proposed class-action lawsuit includes 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.”

In another class action originating in Alabama, the complaint describes one of the Plaintiff’s experiences with the CVT in her vehicle:

“12. Pritchett purchased a 2013 Sentra in Montgomery, Alabama. Her car is equipped with Defendant’s CVT. She experienced issues with her CVT that are substantially the same as those experienced by U Can Rent: it would jump, start, stop, bind, and lag unexpectedly, dangerously, and inappropriately. It became so bad that it was dangerous to drive. Her CVT ultimately failed, causing her car to be inoperable. As her vehicle is no longer under the manufacturer’s warranty, she would have had to pay approximately $4,500 in repair bills to replace the defective CVT with another CVT. The replacement CVT is no better than the original failed CVT.”

Problems with the CVT transmission have plagued Nissan for years.  The idea behind the transmission is that a CVT uses a steel belt or pulley system to move gears in a continuous, smooth motion, instead of in steps.  However, the reality of the driver experience is far from smooth.

  • Shuddering and shaking, especially at low-speed acceleration
  • Stalling
  • Overheating
  • Slow response time from accelerator
  • Loud whining and rattling

Nissan has responded by saying there is no problem, extending warranties in some cases, offering software updates, and owners continue to experience problems with their CVT transmissions.  Call the Law Office of Howard Gutman at (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation about compensation and your rights.