Why Is a Nissan Timing Chain Lawsuit Being Handled By an Auto Accident Lawyer?

A class-action suit was filed against Nissan in January by a group of Nissan car owners in California who feel that the automaker’s new styling and high price point meant that the company did not properly disclose information about the dangers of defective timing chains. According to the plaintiffs, Nissan knew that the timing chains would fail early, so the company designed its warranty with unreasonable demands that would force consumers to pay significantly higher repairs or replacement costs of the secondary or primary timing chains. The complaint further claims that Nissan did not make reasonable accommodations for consumers with less expensive cars. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for their negligence and for their inability to obtain necessary replacement parts.

Nissan Timing Chain Lawsuit

According to the complaint, a Nissan dealer in Mississippi offered the plaintiff a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) that he had provided to another company so that the plaintiff could purchase a new Nissan. However, VIN numbers are considered private information and Nissan should have paid more attention to it, especially considering that the timing chains were supposed to work with the transmission in the car.

Instead, the dealership sold the VIN to another company, where it was used to make modifications to the vehicle without telling the plaintiff about the defective timing chains. The plaintiff then purchased a second-hand Nissan that had the same VIN as the new car. When the plaintiff brought the car back to his dealership, the dealership told him that the car did not have the VIN, but could be determined through a mechanic’s inspection of the engine and that the damages on the timing chains were the result of a factory defect.

The plaintiffs contend that Nissan did not take reasonable steps to repair its cars that resulted in them suffering extensive damage, including repairs that have increased the cost of their original vehicles.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs argue that Nissan did not provide proper warning about the risks associated with the accelerated timing chains and did not instruct owners on how to properly take care of their vehicles. Because of these and other factors, the complaint claims that Nissan has not been consistent with what it has previously told drivers and consumers about the dangers of accelerating vehicles and the proper procedures for care of their cars.

The Nissan timing chain tensioner recall began in 2021 after a report from a national consumer affairs group called TASC (The Association of Settlement Companies).

The group did not release the full report at that time because it was evaluating the results of its investigation. At the time the recalls were first announced, Nissan dealerships reported that they had corrected the problem through internal supervision and that no additional vehicles were affected. Later, however, the association reported that thousands of additional vehicles had been added to the recall list. The new numbers came as a surprise to Nissan and forced the carmaker to issue yet another recall.

The complaint then moved into the discovery phase, where the lawyers for the plaintiffs were expected to show evidence that the Nissan dealer system was indeed defective and that the repairs were indeed necessary.

If the judge approved the settlement, both sides would present their witness statements and any other relevant evidence to the court and to interested parties. Once again, the settlement claims form is a very important part of this process because it makes sure that the right steps are taken to protect the settlement claims of class members from having their legal rights diluted due to non-disclosure or false-claims by Nissan and its dealership system.

The new lawsuit is being handled by an employment attorney who has worked on many cases involving auto defects and injuries.

Class members will have their own opportunity to be heard and their claims to be fairly evaluated before a settlement is awarded. It is not uncommon for vehicles to fail a basic safety test and cause a serious injury or even death. When employers know about these types of failures and do nothing to correct them, they can be found liable.

If you have been injured due to a defective Nissan timing chainsaw system or other automotive equipment, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your case.

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