Nissan Expands LEAF Warranty In $10M Battery Defect Deal

Law360, New York (July 9, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT) -- In a proposed settlement valued at more than $10 million, Nissan North America Inc. on Monday agreed to expand the warranty for its 2011-2012 LEAF cars to settle a putative class action alleging that the vehicle's electric-powered battery lost capacity over time at an unreasonable rate.

Under the deal, which still needs approval from the California federal court, Nissan will add battery capacity loss to its existing limited warranty for up to 60 months or 60,000 miles. The new warranty will require repairs to restore the battery to at least 70 percent of its full capacity. If repair is not possible,...

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