Nissan Settles Lawsuit Over Bad Brakes

According to court documents, Nissan North America has agreed to reimburse customers up to $800 each to resolve a lawsuit alleging that defects in certain vehicles caused brakes to fail without warning.

The settlement agreement, filed on Friday, would affect current or former owners of Nissan Armadas, Infiniti QX56s or certain Nissan Titans, all model years 2004 to 2008. About 350,000 vehicles nationwide.

Plaintiffs had sought reimbursement for monetary losses, including expenses incurred for replacement or repairs. It does not include claims for physical injuries.

Under the agreement, Nissan, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., would reimburse class members between $20 and $800, depending the age and mileage of the vehicle.

The settlement papers did not state how much Nissan could pay overall to class members. The company also agreed not to oppose up to $3.45 million in legal fees and expenses for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

A Nissan spokesman and lawyers for the plaintiffs did not respond to requests for comment.