Nissan Manufacturer Buyback

Owning a car with persistent defects is a frustrating experience. If you had planned a road trip with your family, a lemon car will most likely disappoint you. If it has a persistent transmission problem, it may fail to engage gears, making it undrivable.

In addition to irritating mechanical defects, lemon vehicles trigger additional running costs. If your Nissan stalls in the middle of the highway, you’ll incur towing charges, pay a hotel, or hire an Uber to take you home.

Many manufacturers, including Nissan, buy back vehicles to show goodwill to their customers or reward loyalty. Unfortunately, buyback programs are limited and barely touch the surface of its customers’ issues.

On the contrary, California lemon laws protect any consumer who accidentally buys a vehicle with persistent defects that an automaker has failed to fix. If you want a buyback for your defective Nissan, consider speaking to an experienced lemon law attorney.

Common Nissan Recalls

Many automakers issue recalls to resolve technical and safety defects affecting their customer base. The good thing about recalls is that they’re not controversial and involve a quick repair trip to the dealership.

Unfortunately, after a recall repair, some vehicles encounter the same problems. You may therefore need a buyback if the reported mechanical issue is not solved. Recalls may also indicate problematic cars in the market to avoid.

Here is the famous Nissan recalls:

2018-2023 Nissan Leaf Recall

On June 17, 2023, Nissan issued a recall potentially affecting 66,159 vehicles. The recall targeted specific 2018-2023 LEAF that may accelerate unintentionally, increasing the crash risk.

According to the notice, the vehicle may accelerate unintentionally once the driver changes the driving mode from(‘’D to B’’, ‘’ECO’’ and e-Pedal Mode) after disengaging the cruise control. The dealers were instructed to reprogram the Vehicle Control Module(VCM) free of charge.

Nissan Side Airbag Recall

Defective Airbags

On February 10, 2023, issued a recall notice named ‘’Driver’s Side Airbag Cover Emblem May Detach.’’ The detached emblem may turn into a projectile during airbag deployment, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle occupants.

The driver’s airbag cover emblem may develop cracks and detach during deployment. 

That said, Nissan North America Inc recalled certain vehicles of the following Nissan models:

  • 2008-2011 Nissan Titan
  • 2008-2011 Nissan Frontier
  • 2008-2011 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2008-2011 Nissan Armada
  • 2008-2009 Nissan Quest

Nissan Instructed the dealers to replace the driver’s airbag cover.

Nissan Ariya 2023 Steering Wheel Recall

On February 2023, Nissan issued a recall dubbed ‘’Steering Wheel May Detach From Steering Column.’’According to the notice, a steering wheel with a missing or loose bolt can separate from the steering column, which may cause a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The probable cause of the defective steering is a steering wheel bolt that was not tightened correctly.

As such, Nissan issued a recall affecting certain 2023 Nissan Ariya, potentially affecting 1063 units.

Nissan 2021 Versa and Kicks

On September 15, 2022, Nissan issued a recall named ‘’Loss of Power Steering Assist’’ potentially affecting 20,000 units. Unfortunately, the power steering loss demands extra effort, mostly at low speeds, which increases the risk of a crash.

The recall targeted specific Nissan 2021 Versa and Kicks vehicles. An irregular power connection in the electric power steering torque sensor may turn off the power steering assist. The automaker instructed the dealer to inspect the steering torque sensor code and replace it if necessary.

2016 Nissan Murano

On November 2019, Nissan issued a recall named ‘’ Brake Fluid Can Leak into ABS Pump and Ignite.’’ Once the brake fluid leaks into the circuit board, it may cause an electric short, increasing the fire risk.

Here’s a list of the affected vehicles:

  • 2015-2018 Nissan Murano
  • 2017-2019 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2016-2018 Nissan Maxima
  • Infiniti QX60


The automaker instructed the dealers to replace the ABS actuator free of charge. The automaker also advised vehicle consumers to exercise caution. If the ABS light remains on for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, park the vehicle outdoors, away from cars and structures, and avoid driving.

Vehicles Covered By California Lemon Laws

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Unlike Nissan’s Manufacturer buyback, California lemon laws cover new and used vehicles with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty.

Nissan vehicles covered by lemon laws include:

  • Cars, vans, SUVs, and pick-up trucks
  • Vehicles bought and leased for commercial reasons
  • Cars purchased or leased for personal, household, and family reasons
  • Drive train, chassis, and chassis cab of a motorhome
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators

If the manufacturer can’t repair a significant warranty defect after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the manufacturer must either:

  • Replace the Vehicle
  • Refund the buying price(Buyback)

How to Determine a ‘’Reasonable Number’’ of Repair Attempts

Whenever there is a buyback claim, a question arises about whether a manufacturer made a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts. In addition, consumers should inform an automaker about a persistent defect.

Once the consumer informs the manufacturer about the defect, they should give them a reasonable window of opportunity to fix it. A fair number of repair attempts depends on the case’s circumstances and the defect’s severity.

If the defects endanger the safety of passengers and drivers, the manufacturer has a few weaknesses—up to two attempts. Manufacturers are allowed more attempts for general faults that annoy and reduce the vehicle’s functionality. 

More importantly, manufacturers have a limited time frame, which means a consumer can file a lemon claim if the vehicle spends more than a month in a repair shop.

Ultimately, no number determines a reasonable number of repair attempts. However, California lemon law presumption offers the following guidelines when choosing if a manufacturer has made a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts:

  • The manufacturer or dealer hasn’t fixed the defect after four or more attempts.
  • The vehicle has been in the repair shop for more than 30 days— not necessarily consecutive for a repair covered by lemon laws.
  • The vehicle defect could cause death or serious bodily injury if driven, and the manufacturer has made at least two unsuccessful repair attempts.

California lemon law presumption applies to a vehicle bought in California with a defect that occurred within 18,000 miles or the first 18 months— whichever comes earlier.

The guidelines of a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts is a mere direction when determining lemon law cases. The ultimate decision on whether a manufacturer had a reasonable window lies with a judge or arbitrator.

In addition, most manufacturers claim they were denied a fair opportunity to fix the defect. With that in mind, consider hiring a lemon law attorney to represent your interest in the claim and defend you.

Nissan Defects That Qualify For BuyBacks

A Nissan is considered a lemon if it has substantial defects that affect its value, use, and safety. More importantly, the car should have come with a warranty. A vehicle defect doesn’t have to make the vehicle undrivable; even so, it should create a significant impact.

Here’s how defects impair vehicles:

Defects That Impair Vehicle Safety

Any defect that endangers the safety of a passenger or a driver may be considered a lemon vehicle. 

Here are examples of defects that impair vehicle safety:

  • Brake Failure: Brakes are an essential safety component that stops or slows down a vehicle in case of a road hazard. If the brakes are dysfunctional, it becomes challenging to navigate obstacles, increasing the crash risk.
  • Defective Seat Belts: A safety belt protects vehicle occupants against aggressive, impaired, or distracted drivers. It holds you firmly and securely inside and prevents you from being ejected in an accident. A defective seat belt cannot protect you in an accident and can cause skin abrasions, fractured ribs, and shoulder injuries.
  • Defective Headlights: Drivers of a vehicle with faulty or intermittent headlights increase the likelihood of head-on collisions. If the headlights are too bright, they can distract approaching drivers, increasing the risk of accidents.

Defects that Impair Vehicle Use

A vehicle defect can impact the use of a vehicle affecting its efficiency, performance, and functionality. If you bought the car to transport work materials across California, a persistent defect could make it less reliable for long distances.

Here’s how vehicle defects impair vehicle use:

  • Performance: A defect in crucial parts such as the engine, transmission, or vehicle speed control unit may lead to decreased performance. For instance, a defective power train can cause frequent stalling, failure to change gears, slipping gears, and strange noises reducing functionality.
  • Reliability: If your vehicle has intermittent headlights, you can’t rely on them to illuminate your path at night, during fog, or heavy rains.

Defects that Impair the Value of the Vehicle

A defect can impair the value of a vehicle in the following ways:

  • Increased Cost of Running: If your vehicle has a defective engine, you will likely incur hefty repair costs, maintenance costs, and other incidental expenses. If poorly maintained, it will depreciate at a faster rate, affecting resale value.
  • Limited Resale Market: A lemon vehicle has a poor perception in the market which means few people are willing to risk buying it. The little demand means fewer offers from buyers reducing the vehicle’s resale value.
  • Negative Vehicle History: Most buyers look at a vehicle’s history before agreeing to the sale. If a defect has resulted in accidents and persistent complaints, it will have an adverse vehicle history that erodes its value.

Defects Not Eligible for Nissan Buyback

While most defects are eligible for California lemon law protection, there are exceptions, including:

  • Defects Caused By Accidents: Once a car is involved in an accident, it is likely to develop a problem, even if fully repaired. Although it might be covered by warranty, defects arising from accidents do not enjoy lemon law protection.
  • Defects Due to Owner Negligence: The manufacturer warranty requires consumers to conduct regular vehicle maintenance, including oil changes. If the vehicle sustains a defect due to failure to change the engine oil as instructed by the manufacturer, it cannot enjoy lemon law protection.
  • Defects Due to Unauthorized Repair: It is recommendable to take your vehicle for repairs to an authorized dealership. Otherwise, you can void your warranty and lemon law protection if you take the Nissan to an independent repair shop or use the’’Do It Yourself’’ approach.

Requirement for Filing  a Lemon Law Buyback

Do Lemon Laws Apply to Private Sales?

Pursuing a refund or replacement under California lemon law is advisable if you’re stuck with a defective vehicle. The success of your case also depends on the knowledge of the claim process.

Here’s what you need to file a strong claim:

Take Your Vehicle to the Dealership for Repairs

Once you notice a persistent defect in your vehicle, take it to an authorized dealer for repairs. It is also essential to give the dealer a ‘’reasonable number’’ of repair attempts to fix the defect.

Gather Evidence

The success of your lemon law claim is directly related to the available evidence against the automaker. Your attorney will require different types of documentation, including repair orders, repair invoices, manufacturer’s warranty, original sale or lease documents, and any correspondence with the manufacturer.

Hire a Lemon Law Attorney

You will require the assistance of a lemon law attorney before and during the claim processing process. First, the attorney will assess the case’s merits and determine if it is worth pursuing a buyback. In addition, the attorney will offer you legal direction and strategy to approach your claim. More importantly, the attorney will pursue the matter in court if you cannot agree on a settlement amount with the manufacturer.

Don’t Be Stuck With a Lemon; Get Legal Help From an Experienced Attorney

If you accidentally bought a defective Nissan, it will affect many of your personal and business errands. In addition, some defects like service brakes, airbags, or engine defects may expose you to road accidents.

With that in mind, you deserve to be represented by an experienced and knowledgeable lemon law attorney to maximize your buyback settlement.

LemonLaw123’s lead attorney Valerie G. Campbell has a 99% success rate, giving us the confidence to represent our clients.

Contact us online or call us at 657.529.5239 for a free case review.


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Valerie G. Fernandez Campbell, known as The Lemon Law Lady, has dedicated her entire legal career to the specialized field of Lemon Law, a journey that began immediately after her
graduation from UCLA School of Law.

With a 99% success rate and a policy of no fees unless you win, her practice stands as a testament to her expertise in California’s Lemon Law, her commitment to her clients, and her unwavering dedication to justice and consumer rights.

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