Florida drivers may be interested in the near-resolution of a class action lawsuit against a major automobile manufacturer. The lawsuit involves a defective component that could affect the vehicle’s brakes.
In 2011, a class of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Nissan of America, alleging that brakes in certain Nissan models would fail due to a faulty electrical component. The issue, according to reports, affected around 350,000 vehicles in the U.S. The models involved were all from model years 2004 to 2008, and affected vehicles included the Armada, some models of the Titan and the Infiniti QX56s. The original lawsuit was looking for compensation for the monetary losses suffered because of the brake issue but there were not physical injury claims involved in the action.
Now, on Dec. 5, Nissan and the class have agreed on a settlement that would give each affected member somewhere between $20 and $800. The actual amount of the settlement depends on the mileage of the vehicle in question. There is no estimate yet on how much this will cost Nissan in total, but $3.45 million is set aside for attorneys’ fees and other expenses that are associated with the settlement. The parties are currently awaiting the judge’s approval of the proposed agreement before moving forward with payment to class members.
A product that was produced by negligent manufacturer or includes an insufficient warning can pose a risk of injury to consumers. When that product causes a consumer injury, that party may be able to pursue compensation. An attorney with experience in defective products may be able to examine the situation and determine whether the action might be successful. The attorney may then be able to file a civil lawsuit on behalf of those consumers who have been injured.
Source: Reuters, “Nissan settles class lawsuit claiming faulty brakes“, Jessica Dye, December 09, 2014