Nissan Responds To Class Action Suit Over LEAF Batteries, Range Claims
A class action suit against Nissan in regards to their all electric LEAF has been filed in California. The suit alleges that the Leaf has a design defect that causes them to prematurely lose battery life, and thus driving range.
The suit has been filed by plaintiff Humberto Klee on behalf all LEAF drivers in California and Arizona, and it states that while Nissan advertises the Leaf’s range at 100 miles or less, what Nissan doesn’t disclose in its advertising, is that the advertised driving range being promoted is based on the vehicle’s performance on a full, 100% charge. A 100% charge that Nissan also tells owners they should not do because it could cause battery damage.
The class action says, “Consumers thus were misled by Nissan’s representations regarding driving range without being aware that these ranges were only achievable by charging the battery in a manner contrary to Nissan’s own guidance.”
The suit also expands further to say Nissan failed to disclose and/or intentionally omitted to reveal a design defect in the Leaf’s battery system that causes the Leaf to suffer “widespread, severe and premature loss of driving range, battery capacity and battery life.”
The lawsuit encompasses both 2011 and 2012 model LEAFs in both California and Arizona. (You can read the entire class action here)
In response, Nissan issued this statement today:
Nissan is aware of the filing of a lawsuit by two Nissan LEAF owners. We believe the lawsuit lacks merit.
We stand by our breakthrough technology and the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. We also acknowledge and are grateful to our customers who have chosen to embark on a zero-emission leadership path with us.
In bringing this exciting new technology to market, Nissan has sought to educate the public and potential purchasers about the unique operating characteristics of an electric vehicle. Nissan has provided information on how the vehicle works, its estimated range, and factors that can affect both range and battery life through many sources, including the Nissan LEAF website, owner’s manual and detailed written disclosure.
While Nissan regrets that a very small number of LEAF owners are dissatisfied, Nissan stands behind its product and consumers, and remains committed to electric vehicle technology. Globally, more than 38,000 LEAFs are on the road and have travelled collectively more than 100 million zero-emission miles. In fact, LEAF customers are some of Nissan’s most satisfied. Just as a pickup truck or a sports car isn’t right for every customer, an electric vehicle may not be right for a specific customer. But if you’re determined to have minimal impact on the environment then an all-electric vehicle remains the only pathway to zero-emissions mobility.
We will update the progress of the class action as it occurs.