Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Against Nissan Over Failed Radiators & Transmissions

Nissan will extend warranties again and reimburse owners for previous repairs if within the settlement criteria

Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Against Nissan Over Failed Radiators & Transmissions
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A federal court has preliminarily approved a class action lawsuit settlement alleging that Nissan North America concealed from consumers that model year 2005-2010 Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier SUVs have defective radiators.

Who Is Eligible?

If you bought or leased a 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra or Nissan Frontier vehicle, you may be entitled to reimbursements for repairs and/or an extended warranty as a result of the settlement.

All current and former owners or lessees of the affected vehicles in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, are entitled for the benefits of the settlement.

What Is This Settlement About?

The settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit that alleges these vehicles contain a defect that permits cross-contamination of engine coolant and transmission fluid, ultimately causing the radiator and transmission to need substantial repairs or fail entirely.

Repair Your Vehicle

Nissan will cover repair costs over $2,500 to fix the covered radiator defect if at the time of repair your vehicle exceeds eight years or 80,000 miles, whichever is less, but has less than nine years or 90,000 miles. You will be responsible for paying only $2,500.

If at the time of repair, your vehicle exceeds nine years or 90,000 miles, whichever is less, but has less than 10 years or 100,000 miles, and the repairs cost more than $3,000, Nissan will cover the repair costs over $3,000. You will be responsible for paying only $3,000.

Reimbursement for Previous Repair

If you previously paid for repair to or replacement of a damaged vehicle component caused by the radiator defect and can provide proof of such costs, Nissan will reimburse you for related costs you paid over $2,500 if at the time of diagnosis your vehicle exceeded eight years or 80,000 miles, whichever is less, but had less than nine years or 90,000 miles.

Nissan will reimburse you for related costs you paid over $3,000 if at the time of diagnosis your vehicle exceeded nine years or 90,000 miles, whichever is less, but had less than 10 years or 100,000 miles.

Warranty Extension

The settlement also includes an extension of Nissan's warranty coverage on the radiator assembly to 10 years/100,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

Claim Deadline

Eligible consumers have until June 7, 2013 to submit a claim form for reimbursement.

More Information

NCCC did not participate the class action lawsuit. Please contact the settlement administrator directly for any questions regarding the settlement.

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