Have you ever experienced issues with your Nissan Altima’s transmission, such as shaking, jerking, or shuddering? If so, you’re not alone. Nissan has faced multiple class action lawsuits alleging defects in the continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) found in certain Altima models.
A Brief Overview of the Nissan Altima CVT Issues
Nissan Altima models from 2013 to 2016 have been the subject of several class action lawsuits alleging that their CVTs are prone to premature failure and performance issues. These issues can manifest in various ways, including:
- Shaking or jerking sensations when accelerating or decelerating
- Hesitation or slipping during gear changes
- Sudden loss of power or complete transmission failure
The Minerva Martinez Class Action Lawsuit
In 2022, a class action lawsuit titled Minerva Martinez, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc. (Case No. 3:22-cv-00354) was filed against Nissan. The lawsuit alleges that the CVTs in 2017-2018 Nissan Altimas and 2018-2019 Nissan Sentra, Versa, and Versa Note vehicles are defective and can lead to premature failure or performance issues.
The Resolution of the Nissan Altima CVT Class Action Lawsuits
In response to the various class action lawsuits, Nissan has agreed to settlements that provide relief to affected owners of certain Nissan Altima models. The most recent settlement, the Altima CVT Settlement, applies to 2013-2016 Nissan Altima vehicles equipped with a CVT. The settlement provides for the following:
- An extension of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty on the transmission from 60 months/60,000 miles to 84 months/84,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
- Reimbursement for qualifying transmission repairs made to Class Vehicles within the extended warranty period
How to File a Claim for the Nissan Altima CVT Class Action Settlement
If you own or lease a 2013-2016 Nissan Altima equipped with a CVT, you may be eligible to file a claim for reimbursement under the Altima CVT Settlement. To file a claim, you can visit the settlement website at https://bbbprograms.org/programs/all-programs/class-action-arbitration-program/nissan-cvt_class-action. The deadline to file a claim is March 14, 2024.
For more information on the Nissan Altima CVT class action lawsuits and settlements, please refer to the following resources:
- Altima CVT Settlement Website: https://bbbprograms.org/programs/all-programs/class-action-arbitration-program/nissan-cvt_class-action
- Minerva Martinez Class Action Lawsuit Website: https://www.classaction.org/media/martinez-v-nissan-north-america-inc-2022.pdf
- Nissan CVT Class Action Arbitration Program Website: https://bbbprograms.org/programs/all-programs/class-action-arbitration-program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is eligible to file a claim for the Nissan Altima CVT class action settlement?
You may be eligible to file a claim if you own or lease a 2013-2016 Nissan Altima equipped with a CVT and have experienced transmission-related issues.
What types of transmission-related issues are covered by the settlement?
The settlement covers various transmission-related issues, including shaking, jerking, hesitation, slipping, and sudden loss of power.
How long do I have to file a claim?
The deadline to file a claim for the Altima CVT settlement is March 14, 2024.
What documentation do I need to file a claim?
You will need to provide proof of ownership or lease of your Nissan Altima, as well as documentation of any transmission-related repairs you have had performed.
How long will it take to process my claim?
The processing time for claims may vary, but you should receive a response within a few months.
What if my claim is denied?
If your claim is denied, you may have the option to appeal the decision.