— A Nissan Infiniti peeling paint class action lawsuit is one step closer to being settled as both parties reached an agreement after the plaintiffs alleged the paint jobs were defective.
Although the lawsuit originally included all Nissan and Infiniti models with defective paint of any color, the settlement includes only the Nissan Rogue and Infiniti QX56, and only white vehicles. No other colors are covered by the peeling paint settlement.
In addition, the white Nissan Rogues must have been manufactured between January 11, 2013, and April 23, 2013, and white-painted Infiniti QX56s must have been built between November 20, 2009, and December 12, 2012.
The Nissan Infiniti peeling paint class action lawsuit alleges the vehicles have defects in the paint which cause delamination, discoloration, rust and corrosion. The plaintiffs claim the vehicles look horrible and lose resale value because of the peeling paint.
Nissan Infiniti has allegedly known about the paint problems but has refused to provide the necessary repairs.
Nissan denies all the allegations and told the court a settlement was reached with the plaintiffs to avoid the expense and inconvenience of continued litigation.
Nissan agreed to settle the peeling paint class action by offering an extended warranty period of four years for the Nissan Rogues and Infiniti QX56 vehicles.
Affected white Nissan Rogue SUVs will have an exterior paint peel warranty of seven years, and white Infiniti QX56 vehicles will have an eight year exterior paint peel warranty.
The Nissan Rogue and Infiniti QX56 extended warranties provide one full repaint of the white vehicle, but customers will still need to pay a 10% co-pay for the first two years of the repaint claim period.
However, if the repaint occurs during the final two years of the repaint claim period, customers will need to pay a 30% co-pay.
The parties involved in the lawsuit estimate it will cost $5,800 to repaint the Rogue, and $10,000 to repaint the QX56. This means an Infiniti owner will be looking at paying up to $3,000 as the co-pay, based on when the repaint occurs.
If you need to rent a car during the repaint process, Nissan will provide up to $400 of rental car coverage for Nissan Rogue repaints and up to $600 for Infiniti QX56 repaints.
If an owner has already paid to have the vehicle repainted, it's possible Nissan will reimburse for the expense, but the same co-pay percentages will still apply.
A final settlement approval hearing is scheduled for December 19, 2019, and the attorneys who filed the lawsuit will receive more than $1.7 million.
The Nissan Infiniti peeling paint class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee - Nelson, et al., v. Nissan North America.