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Proposed Class Action Filed Against Nissan Over Brake Defects

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel

On September 30, 2016, named plaintiff, Steven Brand, filed a proposed class-action suit against the car company Nissan alleging a design defect in Nissan’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 Infiniti Q50S vehicles with Sports Braking System.

Plaintiff leased a new 2015 Infiniti Q50S with Sports Breaking System in January 2015. After Plaintiff had driven the vehicle for 10,000 miles, he brought the car back to the dealer for service after experiencing juddering and vibrations when he applied the brakes. Upon inspection, it was found that the front rotors were warped and the brake pads and pins had to be replaced. Despite the repairs, Brand alleges that he continued to experience brake issues. 

In May 2016, just over a year after leasing the vehicle, Plaintiff brought the car in for service a second time and was informed that the brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced. After multiple repairs, Plaintiff alleges that he still experienced grinding and squeaking when he applied the brakes.

In his complaint, Plaintiff argues that Nissan knew of the brake system defect in the Infiniti Q50S but chose to conceal it from consumers. Plaintiff further alleges that Nissan instructed dealers to either tell customers that their vehicles were working properly or to make certain repairs to mask the defect. Plaintiff claims the defect posed significant safety hazards, as it severely affects the driver’s ability to control the vehicle’s speed and maintain the vehicle’s stability.

The proposed class includes any consumer who purchased or leased a 2014-2016 Nissan Infiniti Q50S with a Sports Braking System.

The Case Is: Brand v. Nissan North America Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv-07378, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.


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