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Old 01-20-2006, 06:47 PM   #1
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Nissan to pay $325,000 to settle stolen headlights case


http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wi...,4946485.story

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Owners of Nissan Maximas whose headlights were stolen between December 2002 and November 2003 will share in part of a $325,000 payment the company is making to New Jersey to settle a lawsuit the state brought over the thefts.

In March 2004, the state sued Nissan North America alleging the automaker failed to warn customers that the super-bright xenon headlights on its Maximas were hot targets for thieves.

More than 750 car owners were victimized by thieves trying to steal the moon-blue lights from 2002 or 2003 Maximas.

That lawsuit was dismissed, but the state appealed.

The settlement announced Thursday will end the state's appeal, and provide for a $325,000 payment to the state Division of Consumer Affairs. Part of the money will be used to reimburse the state's investigative costs, with the rest going to consumers who had their lights stolen, said Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the state Attorney General's office.

He could not estimate how much individual vehicle owners might receive. The headlights typically cost about $1,800 to replace _ not counting repair costs for other damage done by thieves, which can bring the total to $4,000 or more.

"This is a fair resolution that takes into account Nissan's collaborative efforts to resolve an issue of importance to its customers," said Assistant Attorney General Michael Shipp.

The state noted that the company began a theft deterrent program in November 2003 that included free installation of a theft-deterrent bracket for the lights.

But in its 2004 lawsuit, the state claimed Nissan knew that its lights were being targeted by thieves for a year before telling customers about it.

A message left with the company's media relations office was not immediately returned Thursday.

The state's lawsuit alleges that on Sept. 26, 2002, the company issued a bulletin to its service technicians stating that a replacement connector kit was available for the headlights damaged by theft.

Two months later, the lawsuit alleged, Nissan sent another bulletin to service reps informing them that a $175 theft-deterrent kit was available "if a customer requests" and "for customer pay only."
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:58 PM   #2
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That's BS. Nissan isn't in the business of stealing cars. How are they to know what's the hot item for car thieves? If they make a premium car with premium items on it the buyer should expect the car to get good attention and bad attention (from the thieves) This isn't Nissans problem.
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Old 01-20-2006, 09:36 PM   #3
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hey, the state got what they wanted, money, they dont give a rats ass what the case was about, if money is to be had, they will go after it

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Old 01-20-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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Wow. Way to go NJ. Instead of trying to catch theives, you sue car manufacturers for not warning buyers.

How about a suit against NJ for not telling it's residents to move so they can avoid the highest theft rates in the nation.
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Old 01-20-2006, 10:05 PM   #5
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In March 2004, the state sued Nissan North America alleging the automaker failed to warn customers that the super-bright xenon headlights on its Maximas were hot targets for thieves.

Just incredible.
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Old 01-20-2006, 11:09 PM   #6
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Wow. Way to go NJ. Instead of trying to catch theives, you sue car manufacturers for not warning buyers.

How about a suit against NJ for not telling it's residents to move so they can avoid the highest theft rates in the nation.
I wish I hadda read that while I was driving my Subie with a hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee between my legs so I could spill it and sue.
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Old 01-21-2006, 09:25 AM   #7
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Wow, that is by far the saddest excuse for a law suit. I wonde if integra type R owners will be suing acura. For not disclosing the theft rate of their vehicles. wait, i can sue honda for not telling me about the insane theft rate of my 99 civic Si. Woohoo.

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Old 01-21-2006, 10:16 AM   #8
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NJ = liberal = Find a work-around for a problem instead of addressing the actual issue
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:31 AM   #9
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Wow. Way to go NJ. Instead of trying to catch theives, you sue car manufacturers for not warning buyers.

How about a suit against NJ for not telling it's residents to move so they can avoid the highest theft rates in the nation.
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I'm sure Nissan settled just to avoid the nuisance and expense of a trial, not because there was any merit to it.
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:01 AM   #10
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I'm sure they did settle just to get the issue under the bridge.

I'm sure if you buy a Ferrari or something like that they tell you you're more likely to get jacked or stolen too, right?
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:09 AM   #11
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NJ might be wacko, but Nissan sucks too. Those poor 2003 350z drivers have had a class action suit filed to address the front ends tendency to chew through tires in 5000 miles. This was one of the reasons I sold my Z, I thought I better get rid of it before everyone in the world knows it was loaded with problems.
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Old 01-21-2006, 12:17 PM   #12
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Thats like the lady that sued cuz the coffee cup didnt say the coffee was hot ... sometimes u can take things for granted and they dont have to be spelled out for you
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Old 01-21-2006, 05:39 PM   #13
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Thats like the lady that sued cuz the coffee cup didnt say the coffee was hot ... sometimes u can take things for granted and they dont have to be spelled out for you
I think thats a bad representaion of that. The lady that got burned was burned by coffee that was close to 200 deggres F, thers a diffrence between hot coffee and almost boiling coffee, expecialy when the state told Mcdonalds many times not to serve the coffee at that tempurture, becasue of the posibilty of serious burns.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:39 AM   #14
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That's BS. Nissan isn't in the business of stealing cars. How are they to know what's the hot item for car thieves? If they make a premium car with premium items on it the buyer should expect the car to get good attention and bad attention (from the thieves) This isn't Nissans problem.
+12345 all they want is money thats what it comes down to. court fees and all that bull is for the state.
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:34 AM   #15
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NJ = liberal = Find a work-around for a problem instead of addressing the actual issue
yeah, looks like you got it all figured out.
splendid reasoning.
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:51 AM   #16
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seems like something the insurance company's should have handled... Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the insurance companies hire statisticians called actuarries and pay them big bucks to do exactly this kind of thing. Hence the rate of someones insurance goes up based on where they live and many other factors. Somethig seems wrong to me about that state...
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Old 01-23-2006, 07:45 AM   #17
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I wonder if Toyota has a disclaimer on every Camry it sells.

"Warning, this car is likely to get stolen"

I figure this madness will end when the government colapses or the sun explodes, whichever comes first.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:23 AM   #18
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I thought it was an issue because the lights were *very* easy to remove? Granted if a thief really wanted sthg, he/she would find a way but from what I remember, taking the lights was like taking candy from a baby. Not defending the lawsuit but I do think there's more to the story that's all.
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They have to settle out of court because they failed to mention that there headlights were a hot item for theft?

What crap.
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