Nissan settles class lawsuit claiming faulty brakes

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 11:41 AM

By Jessica Dye

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nissan North America has agreed to reimburse customers up to $800 each to resolve a lawsuit alleging that defects in certain vehicles caused brakes to fail suddenly, according to court papers.

The settlement agreement, filed on Dec. 5, would affect current or former owners of approximately 350,000 vehicles nationwide. They include Nissan Armadas, Infiniti QX56s or certain Nissan Titans, all model years 2004 to 2008, according to the court papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

If approved by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton, the settlement would resolve a 2011 lawsuit that claimed a problem with an electrical component would cause the brakes to fail without warning.

Plaintiffs had sought reimbursement for monetary losses, including expenses incurred for replacement or repairs. It does not include claims for physical injuries.

Under the agreement, Nissan, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Nissan Motor Co Ltd, would reimburse class members between $20 and $800, depending on a vehicle’s mileage.

The settlement papers did not estimate how much Nissan could pay overall to class members. The company also agreed not to oppose up to $3.45 million in legal fees and expenses for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

A Nissan spokesman and lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately return requests for comment.

The case is Banks v. Nissan North America, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 11-2022.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)