According to the complaint, Nissan sold 2002-2006 Altima’s without disclosing to consumers that Nissan had opted to install floorboards in the vehicles that do not withstand normal exposure to the elements, do not drain properly, and rust to the degree that the floorboards substantially deteriorate and allow visible exposure to the roadway beneath the vehicle (“Defect”).
As a result of the Defect, there has been at least one reported accident with injuries. Hundreds of other drivers have told Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they feel unsafe driving their Class Vehicles. Because the replacement of the floorboard can cost several thousand dollars, and because Nissan refuses to recognize the existence of the Defect or to cover the full cost of repairs, many owners of Class Vehicles are not in a position to replace the defective floorboard when they discover the problem. Moreover, Nissan provides no assurances that any replacement floorboard will not suffer from the same problems.
Plaintiff brings this proposed class action on behalf of herself and all other Illinois owners of Nissan Altima automobiles for model years 2002-2006 (“Class Vehicles”) alleging that Nissan’s conduct violates Illinois law including the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.