Nissan Has Begun Buying Back LEAFs Under Pressure From Lemon Law Regulations

Nissan Has Begun Buying Back LEAFs Under Pressure From Lemon Law Regulations

Over one of the hottest summers on record in Arizona, a battle of sorts has been taking place between LEAF owners, and the car's parent Nissan Motor Company.

Reports Have The LEAF And Its 24 kWh Battery Pack (LiMnO2) Losing As Much As 40% Of Its Range

Reports Have The LEAF And Its 24 kWh Battery Pack (LiMnO2) Losing As Much As 40% Of Its Range

Many of that state's LEAF owners (and some others in places such as Texas and California) have been experiencing battery loss, and not just a little.

In the case of Scott Yarosh, he says "I was only able to get 42 miles on a single charge" before he returned his leased LEAF early because it could no longer serve its function, a 45 mile commute to work.

Mr. Yarosh was charged $700 in fees for doing so, an amount that has since just been returned.  Why? Scott says, "I think they are trying to get me to shut up."

Another couple, the Conveys, after fighting with Nissan for quite some time, have claimed victory, as Nissan is paying to buy back their 2011 LEAF under the terms of the Arizona lemon law.

Nissan had issued a statement earlier this week after InsideEVs' contributor Tony Williams organized the largest owner-based test of LEAFs who were showing significant battery capacity loss (that report with test results here),  with Nissan concluding the "cars were operating to specification" and "no defects were found," after recalling some of the cars for testing; basically saying to LEAF owners, that in their minds the matter had been looked into, and no further action would be taken.

Now with confirmation that Nissan has bought back (at least) two LEAFs under Arizona's lemon law, that would suggest the matter has been taken out of their hands to make such a decision.

It appears, at least at this moment, that Nissan had the opportunity to step up and do the right thing in Arizona, but chose not to; now they will be forced to, but without any of the goodwill they could have generated out of this unfortunate situation. CBS 5 - KPHO