The class action lawsuit that began with Nissan Pathfinder drivers’ unsettling feelings when they accelerate has been settled. And it’ll bring $37 million to $99 million in benefits to the plaintiffs, court documents show.
Miami federal Judge Robert Scola signed off last month on a final settlement in the suit brought by 2013 and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35/QX60s drivers who found a faulty transmission caused the entire car to shake (”judder”) upon acceleration.
Miami-Dade resident Kenai Batista filed the class action suit in December 2014. Settlement talks began in February 2016 and lasted until May 24, two months ago.
Scola signed off on the settlement June 28. On Monday, two class members filed an appeal of Scola’s approval to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
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As for those in the United States or U.S. territories who own, lease or used to own or lease a 2013 or 2014 Nissan Pathfinder or Infiniti JX35/QX60s equipped with the FK-*k2 continuously variable transmission, their settlement prizes are:
▪ An extension of the powertrain warranty, which covers the transmission, by 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
▪ Repairs of all juddering vehicles.
▪ For those who no longer own their shaky cars, preferred reduced pricing on a new Nissan or Infiniti through Nissan’s Vehicle Purchasing Program until March 15, 2018.
▪ payment of $3.75 million in attorney’s fees by Nissan North America.
▪ For named plaintiffs Kenai Batista, Andy Chance, Angela Matlin, Tung Nguyen, and Gerardo Torres, $5,000 each.