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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.

Chrysler Jeep Wrangler

The Chrysler Jeeps in question in this case, for model years 2012 to 2017, have a cylinder head on top of the engine that is made with sand casting. The complaint alleges that the sand is not sufficiently removed but seeps out as the car is driven, working its way through the car’s systems and settling in the heater core, radiator, and oil cooling systems as a thick, reddish, sludge that builds up until the heating and cooling systems stop working properly. Chrysler has refused to pay for repairs required by the problem, the complaint says, claiming that the problem is caused by “external factors” or “misuse” or that the vehicles are out of warranty. However, the complaint points out that buyers cannot know of the defect until the systems actually fail. Among its other claims, it requests a declaration by the court that the repairs should be covered under the Powertrain Warranty and an extension of the Basic Limited Warranty.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

GM has had a large number of recalls in recent years for a variety of problems—the ignition problem, a power steering problem, a problem with the right front driveshaft, a problem with airbags and seatbelts failing. Even some 2018 models are being recalled.

Blood on Airbag

Certain car companies are now beginning to settle cases requiring they replace those defective and dangerous Takata airbags. That should be a relief.

Unfortunately, it turns out that other car companies also used Takata-made airbags and have not issued a recall to replace them! Why have they delayed for so long?

Cars for Scrap Metal

River Metals Recycling (RMR) has consented to settle a class action that alleges, among other things, that RMR bought vehicles that had been stolen from the plaintiffs, in purchases that did not comply with Kentucky laws.

German Automaker Brand Symbols

The pride of German industry are its automakers, which employ over 800,000 people and bring in roughly a fifth of its industrial revenue, with a worldwide reputation for precision and quality. But new class actions claim that the Volkswagen/Audi emissions scandal was just the tip of an iceberg that could rip away that fine reputation. This complaint alleges that for the past two decades, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW, and Daimler (Mercedes), along with Robert Bosch, a supplier, participated in a cartel which suppressed innovation and undercut engineering in favor of cost savings, while keeping prices high and pretending to be competitive, cutting-edge companies.

2015 Suburban

In the complaint for this class action, Plaintiff Jones Won claims that he purchased five General Motors vehicles—a 2016 Escalade and four 2015 Suburbans—and that the air conditioning system is so defective that it has failed in every one of the vehicles within a few months of purchase. In fact, he claims, in two of the vehicles, it has failed twice. The complaint describes the vehicles’ air conditioning system as having a closed area through which coolant is cycled under pressure, alternately warming and cooling but never used up. However, the complaint alleges, GM uses too much coolant, which overpressurizes the system, and the parts of the system are too weak to stand up to the pressure.

Five German Brands

This class action names BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Daimler as defendants, alleging that these famed car manufacturers colluded, over a period of twenty years, to keep innovation and competition down while keeping prices up. The complaint claims that the five car makers formed a Circle of Five to create a perception of innovation, competition, and superior engineering to keep prices high on German cars while colluding to reduce competition and stunt initiatives to innovate. The complaint alleges that German auto sales in the US therefore violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and some state antitrust laws, such as California’s Cartwright Act.

2017 Ford Explorer

According to the complaint, many Ford cars, including 2016-2017 Explorer, 2007-2014 Edge, and 2007-2015 Lincoln MKX vehicles have been sold or leased in a defective and dangerous condition, in that they permit exhaust—including the lethal gas carbon monoxide—to enter the passenger compartment during normal operation of the vehicle.

Ford Transit Van

The complaint for this class action makes the unnerving allegation that the flex disc driveshaft coupling in Ford Transit vans can fail, causing the driveshaft to fall out of the vehicle, pierce the passenger cabin, and/or “pole vault” the vehicle into the air. Oh—and that at the same time, the brakes and engine power may fail, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. While Ford issued a recall because of this defect in 2017, the complaint says it simply replaced worn flex discs with the same defective parts, has no permanent solutions to the problem, and will not reimburse van owners or lessees for damages caused by the failure of the discs.