Nissan Given Deadline to Respond to Class Action Suit

Nissan has until next month to respond to a class-action suit accusing the company of manufacturing defective sunroofs, a judge has ordered.

newgavelNew Jersey District Court Judge Ann Marie Donio, in an order signed November 16, instructed Nissan to file its initial response to the complaint by January 13, 2017.

Harry Gunsenhouser of Maple Shade, N.J., filed the proposed class-action suit in federal court November 2. His complaint asserts that several models of Nissan vehicles are equipped with panoramic sunroofs that “ … shattered suddenly and without warning.”

More than 60 Nissan drivers have made similar complaints, according to the suit, which includes statements from 17 drivers of various Nissan models. Several models of Nissan vehicles equipped with factory-installed panoramic sunroofs are included in the suit: the 2008-present Rogue, Maxima, Sentra, Pathfinder, and Altima models; 2009-present Murano models; and 2011-present Juke models.

The complaint challenges, the glass used in the manufacture of Nissan’s sunroofs. Gunsenhouser also accuses Nissan of “deceptive warranty practices,” saying that although Nissan advertises 36-month/36,000-mile limited vehicle coverage and 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage, “Nissan has systematically denied coverage with respect to the defective sunroofs.”

Gunsenhouser is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

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