An allegedly defective transmission has some Nissan owners stuck in neutral, and they claim the carmaker knew of the problematic component but sold models equipped with it anyway.

The transmission is “predisposed to delayed shift patterns, excessive heat buildup, slippage, harshness, premature internal part wear, and metal debris,” the plaintiffs allege in Nelson v. Nissan North America Inc., 11-cv-5712, a putative class action filed Sept. 30 in Trenton.

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