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Defective Automobile

2008 Nissan Quest

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that the timing chain systems of the following Nissan vehicles have defects:

2017 Hyundai Sonata

Plaintiff Andrea Smolek says she was driving on the highway when she heard loud sounds from the engine area of her Kia Sorrento. Then came a loud bang, she claims, her vehicle shook violently, and the Check Engine light came on. Smolek was able to safely pull over and have her vehicle towed for repair, but the complaint for this class action claims that the problem was due to a defect in the car’s Theta II engine that allows contaminants to enter, thickens the oil to sludge, and eventually ruins the engine.

2017 Chevrolet Equinox

If your car engine is consuming oil faster than it should, how would you know when more oil is needed? Perhaps you would rely on the vehicle’s oil pressure warning (OPW) or oil life monitoring (OLM) system. But if you had a Chevrolet Equinox from certain model years, the complaint for this class action alleges, your engine could suffer damage or even shut down on the road before either of these systems gave you a warning. The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, among other violations.

2016 Kia Optima EX

Connor Brogan was driving in the highway in his 2016 Kia Optima EX when his engine made an odd noise, the complaint for this class action alleges—and then the car stopped and the engine caught fire. The complaint claims that Kia and Hyundai Theta II engines in certain model vehicles have a defect that can restrict oil flow and prevent proper lubrication that can result in engine failure, and that the companies have concealed this defect and continued to sell vehicles with affected engines.

Chrysler Logo

Stoneridge Control Devices, Inc. has agreed to replace parts in a settlement of a class action alleging that clutch safety interlock devices (CSIDs) in certain Chrysler vehicles contain return springs that may fatigue and fail. CSIDs prevent ignition unless the vehicle’s clutch pedal is pressed.

Mercedes-Benz 2007 M Class Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz USA has agreed to settle a class action alleging that seat heaters in some of its vehicles may overheat, causing a hot spot to develop that can spark, smoke, or burn a hole in the seat cover. The vehicles in question are a 2000-2007 ML-Class, 2006-2007 R-Class, or 2007 GL- Class Mercedes-Benz vehicle equipped with seat heaters.

2013 Nissan Sentra

Plaintiff U Can Rent bought fourteen Nissans equipped with Nissan’s continuously variable transmission (CVT). Nissan markets the CVT as being new and better, but according to the complaint for this class action, it is in fact defective and even dangerous. The complaint claims that with fewer than 20,000 miles on the vehicles, they began having issues such as engine revving and delays while the car was transitioning between gears, and shaking. The complaint also alleges that the CVT would “jump, start, stop, bind, and lag unexpectedly, dangerously, and inappropriately” and that Nissan has been aware of the problem for some time.

2015 Cadillac SRX

The complaint for this class action alleges that the headlights for 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles are defective, so that they may dim and/or fail in a short time. The complaint claims that the seals in the cars’ headlights wear out or deteriorate, allowing moisture to condense and accumulate, and that the vents are also defective in not allowing a proper flow and exchange of air. According to the complaint, the accumulating condensation can corrode lamp components and cause the headlights to malfunction or the bulbs to dim or fail, within as little as three months after the car is purchased.

2016 Ford Focus

Ford has agreed to settle three class actions alleging that its PowerShift Dual-Clutch Automatic (DPS6) Transmissions are defectively designed, affecting certain 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicles. The complaints for the class actions claim that defects cause the cars to slip, buck, kick, or jerk, resulting in a sudden or delayed acceleration.

Nissan Sentra 2017

The complaint for this class action quotes many online complaints that describe problems with 2012 to 2017 Nissan Sentras that are equipped with Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). According to the complaint, the CVT is prone to premature failure from overheating. The complaint suggests that the temperature of the CVT fluid is controlled by a small cooler attached to the CVT, and that this design makes it “unreasonably sensitive” to heat, which may turn on the vehicle’s Fail-Safe Mode and cause anything from shudders to catastrophic transmission failure where that the driver loses control.