Acura 9 Speed Transmission Recall


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Acura has recalled about 8,300 model year 2015 Acura TLX V6 cars equipped with 9-speed automatic transmissions.

In September 2016, Acura informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about plans to recall the cars to update the transmission software, but there was a delay of sorts. Acura says it couldn’t reach an agreement with NHTSA on the language of the recall, so the automaker went ahead and notified owners and started recall repairs. Before all that, transmission supplier ZF filed a defect notice regarding certain transmissions installed in vehicles from numerous automakers, including the 2015 TLX.   ZF reported insufficient crimps in the transmission wire harness can cause the transmission control unit to misread electrical signals and send the car into failsafe mode. That mode will cause the transmission to shift into NEUTRAL and the vehicle will coast to a stop.

Acura believes a small number of cars may be affected by the problem and the automaker says they are providing the software update out of an abundance of caution. However, the update won’t fix the problems as engineers say the software update will only cause a warning light to activate if problems are detected. In addition, the update will extend the period before the transmission is placed into failsafe mode, allegedly giving an owner time to get the car to a dealer for repairs.   See

If you have had problems with your Acura Transmission you may be entitled to a new vehicle or compensation for your problem.  Call 973 598-1980 for a Free Consultation.

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Ford Transmission Problems


Owners of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicle with a PowerShift Transmission are part of  a nationwide settlement  reached in litigation concerning the PowerShift Transmission.

Here are some typical repairs associated with Ford transmission defects and problems.
7B546 Disc Asy-Clutch 7Z369 Control Mod Trans (TCM) 7052 Oil Seal-Trans Rear
7000 Transmission Asy-Aut 7C604 Motor-Frt Clutch 7A508 Rod-Cl/Slave Cyl Pus
6K301 Seal/RetC/Shft Oil 7060 Shaft/Bshg Asy-Out 7048 Seal-Input Shaft Oil
7515 Lever Asy-Clutch Rel.

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Dodge Dart Transmission and Clutch Problems

A class action lawsuit alleges that Dodge Dart vehicles clutch pedal loses pressure, sticks to the floor, and fails to engage/disengage gears.  The Dodge Dart manual transmission defect class action lawsuit claims that owners and lessees have experienced “stalling, failure to accelerate, and premature failure of the transmission’s components, including but not limited to, the clutch master cylinder and reservoir hose, clutch slave cylinder and release bearing, clutch disc, pressure plate, and flywheel.     Plaintiffs accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to address problems with the clutch in the Dodge Dart manual transmission defect class action lawsuit.

Call for a Free Consultation on Your Dodge Dart Problem

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Honda Accord Starter Problems



Owners of the Honda Accords and Crosstour have complained about starter problems.


Plaintiff Joel Merkin alleges 2013-2015 Honda Accord and Crosstour vehicles containing V6 engines are at risk of being stranded on the roads because the starters fail. Merkin says the starter problems begin during or shortly after the expiration of the limited warranty period.

The plaintiff purchased a used 2013 Honda Accord that allegedly experienced starter problems when the car had 40,400 miles on the odometer. At least once or twice a week, the plaintiff’s car would not start and would force him to turn the ignition repeatedly in order to start the engine.

Two months later and with an additional 18,000 miles, the plaintiff claims his Accord would not start five to six times a day.

The Honda dealer allegedly told Merkin his Accord was no longer under warranty and that he would be charged the full price for service and replacement of the defective starter motor, and was charged $200 for a replacement.

In February 2016, Honda issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) to dealers that told about complaints of grinding or spinning noises at startup in the affected vehicles. According to the plaintiff, the TSB “acknowledged that the Class Vehicles were manufactured with ‘not optimal’ clearance between the starter motor and the torque converter ring gear.”

Based on the lawsuit, without proper clearance, these starters experienced premature wear, thereby causing significant damage which required removal and replacement with a new starter with corrected clearance.”  See

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Nissan Versa Transmission Class Action



Problems with CVT Transmission

Owners of the Nissan Versa have experienced multiple transmission problems.  Problems with the  CVT  transmission have been reported by many drivers, and a class action has been filed.  Owners may be entitled to compensation or new vehicles because of the multiple problems.  Here is one report:

“A Nissan Versa CVT (continuously variable transmission) lawsuit alleges the cars fail to accelerate and finally experience complete transmission failure that causes owners and lessees to pay thousands of dollars for CVT replacements and repairs.

The proposed class-action lawsuit includes all current and former owners and lessees of 2012 and 2013 Nissan Versas that are equipped with CVTs that allegedly fail within and shortly after the warranties expire.

A CVT is a modified automatic transmission that uses a single belt and a dual-pulley mechanism with a ‘drive pulley’ and ‘driven pulley’ that work opposite one another, constantly creating different gear ratios that allegedly allow smooth acceleration and deceleration.”


There are various remedies available to consumers besides waiting for class action settlements to be finalized.  Call (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation about compensation and your rights.


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2013-2014 Nissan Altima Earns “Clunker”

The website, which tallies complaints on vehicles as reported to the National Highway Transportation Safety Board, has tagged the 2014 Nissan Altima with its “clunker” badge due to the number of complaints about the CVT transmission.

If you are having problems such as shuddering, jerking, or transmission problems like other consumers, contact the Law Office of Howard Gutman at 973-598-1980.

2014 Nissan Altima Car Complaints

Nissan Altima’s CVT Transmission Problems: Consumer Reports an article from October 2015, Consumer Reports reports on the emergence of problems with Nissan’s new version of their CVT transmission.  Fast forward two years later and this prediction came to pass.  Nissan’s consumer confidence and vehicle reliability has taken a hit because of issues with the 2013 and 2014 version of the CVT transmission.  Customers complain of shuddering, jerking, sluggishness, and other problems in their Nissans with this transmission, particularly in 2013 and 2014 Altimas.

car-1751750_960_720“’We’ve seen a number of brands struggle with new transmission technology, ‘ said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing. ‘Whether it’s a complex system such as a dual-clutch gearbox, a continuously variable transmission, or one with eight or nine speeds. Many vehicles require repair and replacements because of rough shifting among the gears and slipping CVT belts.'”


If you are having problems with your 2013 or 2014 Nissan Altima – or other Nissan – call the Law Offices of Howard Gutman for a free consultation, 973-598-1980.



Nissan Altima CVT Transmission

Woman and man looking at car engine under car hoodCoverage of customers’ problems with Nissan CVT Transmission, particularly in 2013 and 2014 model years, is spreading.  “…[H]undreds of owners have been complaining to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and online about their transmissions slipping… ” Other symptoms are revving, shuddering, jerking, vibration, hesitation.  Nissan has extended the warranty on these transmissions and yet consumers continue to have problems.

Some owners are on their second or even third transmission, and continue to experience problems.  If you are having trouble with your Nissan Altima transmission, call the Law Offices of Howard Gutman for a free consultation on your options, 973-598-1980.



2013 & 2014 Nissan Altima Transmission Problems

2013 and 2014 Nissan Altimas experience the highest number of consumer complaints out of all model years of the past five years.  Owners are experiencing problems with the 2013 and 2014 Nissan Altima CVT Transmission – problems such as shuddering, hesitation, vibration, jerkiness, and even transmission failure.

2013 Nissan Altima

If your 2013 or 2014 Nissan Altima is having transmission problems, contact the Law Office of Howard Gutman at 973-598-1980 for a free consultation on your case.


Dodge Dart Transmission Class Action

Owners of the Dodge Dart have experienced numerous problems including transmission malfunction.   A class action lawsuit filed in federal court alleges problems with the manual transmission clutch in 2013-14 Dodge Dart vehicles, causing the transmission to fail to engage, as well as other acceleration issues.  The California lawsuit alleges a defective hydraulic clutch system that does not function as expected and is instead plagued by numerous problems and safety concerns.

Fiat-Chrysler is recalling an estimated 23,688 2013-’15 Dodge Darts Sedans in the U.S. because the transmission may unexpectedly shift to neutral, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. … The company said the recall is limited to certain Darts with dual dry-clutch transmissions

Dodge Dart owners may be entitled to compensation for transmission and other problems.

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Owners of these defective vehicles may be entitled to compensation for loss of use, diminished values, or other claims.  We offer a free consultation as part of our continuing investigation into defects in these cars.  Call (973) 598-1980, or email

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