A federal court has preliminarily approved a class action lawsuit settlement alleging Nissan North America concealed from consumers that it’s Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier vehicles had defective radiators. If you bought or leased a 2005-2010 model year Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra or Nissan Frontier, you may be entitled to repair reimbursements and/or an extended warranty from the class action settlement.
The Nissan radiator settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit, titled In re: Nissan Radiator/Transmission Cooler Litigation, that alleges these vehicles contain a defect that permits cross-contamination of engine coolant and transmission fluid, ultimately causing the radiator and transmission to fail or need substantial repairs. The class action lawsuit further alleges that Nissan failed to disclose the alleged radiator defect to consumers despite knowing about it.
Nissan denies the allegations, but has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation.
Class Members of the Nissan radiator class action settlement include all current and former owners or lessees of a 2005-2010 model year Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra, or Nissan Frontier vehicle in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico. Fleet and governmental purchasers and lessees are not included.
Class Members are entitled to a number of benefits from the Nissan radiator defect class action settlement, including:
- 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 $,3000. 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.
The Nissan radiator class action lawsuit settlement benefits include an extension of Nissan’s warranty coverage in the New Vehicle Limited Warranty on the radiator assembly to 10 years/100,000 miles, whichever occurs first, subject to certain customer co-pays that vary with age/mileage above 8 years/80,000 miles. This extension covers the radiator and component parts, and includes damage, repairs, replacement and related towing resulting from this issue.
If you wish to receive a reimbursement from the Nissan class action settlement, you must submit a Claim Form and any supporting documents no later than June 7, 2013.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Nissan Radiator Defect Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at the Settlement Administrator’s website.
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