Nissan Beefs Up Leaf Warranty
- Nissan said it will offer a limited warranty on battery capacity loss in the Nissan Leaf, according to a company posting on MyNissanLeaf.com, an online forum for Leaf owners.
- The warranty will cover Nissan Leafs bought in the U.S. for the first five years or 60,000 miles.
- "Our actions today are intended to put customer minds at ease regarding the topic of battery capacity loss," said Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Company, in a statement.
The upgraded warranty comes after Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona complained that their Leaf batteries are aging faster than expected.
Nissan is offering to repair or replace the Leaf's lithium-ion battery if it loses more than 30 percent of its ability to hold a charge after five years or 60,000 miles. The expanded warranty will cover 2011-'12 Nissan Leafs bought in the U.S and also will extend to the 2013 Nissan Leaf.
"Our actions today are intended to put customer minds at ease regarding the topic of battery capacity loss," said Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Company, in a statement. "Even though it is expected the great majority of owners will never have to use this enhanced warranty, we want each Nissan Leaf owner to have the security that should capacity loss exceed this defined threshold, Nissan will cover the repair or replacement of their battery under warranty."
Nissan said it will protect against capacity loss in Leaf batteries that fall below nine bars of the available 12 bars displayed on the vehicle's battery capacity gauge.
The automaker also said it will announce details of the 2013 Leaf for the U.S. in early January.
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