A Nevada resident is suing Nissan for an alleged defect in the transmission of certain 2017-2018 Nissan Altimas and Sentras. Specifically, plaintiff Minerva Martinez contends the defect exists within such vehicles equipped with an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
According to Martinez, the vehicles at issue are designed and/or manufactured with an inadequate cooling system, ultimately making the transmission prone to overheating. This, in turn, activates a fluid temperature protection mode and reduces transmission performance. Drivers may then experience “sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking (commonly referred to as ‘juddering’ or ‘shuddering’) when [they] attempt to accelerate their vehicles,” claims Martinez It may also lead to unsafe, unpredictable accelerate, a hard deceleration or “clunk” in deceleration or acceleration at low speeds, or complete transmission failure in the middle of roadways.
Martinez believes Nissan has been aware of the allege transmission defect since at least 2013, yet continued to install it.
Her lawsuit raises claims including breach of warranty and seeks remedies including an order requiring Nissan to issue a voluntary recall for the class vehicles and removal, repair, and/or replacement of the allegedly defective components.
The case is Minerva Martinez v. Nissan North America, Inc., case number 3:21-cv-02146, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.