With its plush ride and great exterior, the 2019 Nissan Murano is often a standout among competitors such as the Jeep Cherokee and the Honda Pilot. The five-seat, midsize SUV offers crossover capabilities and a powerful V6 engine.  But despite having excellent features for its price, the Murano unfortunately does not consistently stack up to its competition. The 2019 model year Murano is prone to drivetrain, transmission, braking, vehicle speed control, and airbag issues, all of which severely impact driver safety.

2019 Nissan Murano Problems 

The “drivetrain” refers to parts of the vehicle that transfer power into its wheels. A vehicle’s transmission is a huge component of the drivetrain. The Nissan Murano transmission is one of the main issues with the vehicle, as it happens to be the brand’s Continuously Variable transmission. CVTs have made various Nissan vehicles prone to shaking, shuddering, sudden deceleration, and even complete transmission failure. In formal complaints about this model year, numerous drivers have reported various CVT transmission problems in their vehicles such as hesitation, sudden acceleration/deceleration, oil leaks, and loss of power. 

Certain Nissan Murano models have been included in a class-action lawsuit that alleges that the Automatic Emergency Braking system (ABS) is defective. The plaintiffs say that affected vehicles brake suddenly, give false warnings, and detect nonexistent objects. The AEB sensors in the Murano and other Nissan vehicles may be defective. 

The 2019 Murano’s vehicle speed control system also appears to be malfunctional. Several drivers say that their vehicles fail to maintain a set speed and may suddenly accelerate or decelerate, as much as +/- 15 miles per hour. Owners of other Nissan models, such as the Rogue and Versa, have also experienced issues with the automaker’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system in their vehicles. 

Airbag issues are also common. Multiple complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say that their vehicle’s passenger “check airbag” light is illuminated on the dashboard. Murano vehicles with this defect are unable to detect any occupants in the passenger seat and as a result, the passenger airbag is not activated. This is particularly dangerous because the airbag may fail to deploy in a collision. 

Nissan Murano Recalls

Certain Nissan Murano models were recalled in September 2019 for defects in their back-up camera settings. This recall affected a wide range of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. In affected vehicles, if the rearview camera’s settings are changed, the system will retain those changes the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse.  This can result in back-up camera image loss, increasing the risk of an accident. So far, this is the only recall affecting the 2019 Nissan Murano. 

Customer Complaints Involving the 2019 Nissan Murano

Many of the serious complaints regarding the 2019 Murano involve problems with Nissan’s forward collision avoidance system. The following are excerpts from official consumer complaints filed with NHTSA. 

“The contact owns a 2019 Nissan Murano. When the contact attempted to brake and depress the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would remain stationary for three seconds. Then, without warning, the vehicle would surge forward when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure occurred frequently, and the vehicle nearly crashed into another vehicle on one occasion.”

  • 2019 Nissan Murano Driver

“The passenger no airbag light intermittently appears when a passenger is sitting in the passenger seat of my new vehicle (approximately 3,100 miles). This has occurred on multiple occasions when the seat is in an upright position.”

  • 2019 Nissan Murano Driver

“Not long after purchasing the new auto, I noticed that when driving down a hill, the cruise control released and the vehicle sped up as though free-wheeling. The engine brake (compression) did not activate nor did the transmission shift down. The hills I am referring to are gentle down-hills on straight-aways.”

  • 2019 Nissan Murano Driver

“The brake pedal automatically released from under my foot, slammed on the brake and came to a screeching stop. I was not going down, but on a level wrapping around. I was driving less than 10 mph in the structure. Thankfully, no one was around me. If someone was behind, they would have definitely hit me.”

  • 2019 Nissan Murano Driver

Work with Top California Lemon Law Attorneys

Suspect your Nissan may be a lemon? If you have taken your vehicle to an authorized dealership multiple times for continuous issues under warranty, then it may in fact be a lemon. Vehicles that have been repaired more than three times for the same issue or that have spent over 30 days out of service for repairs are legally presumed to be lemons. The following are common lemon issues involving various Nissan vehicles including the 2019 Murano: 

  • Coolant leaks 
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • ABS light 
  • Airbag light 
  • Check engine light
  • Transmission defects 
  • Engine shutdown 

You should not hesitate when lemon problems begin to affect your Nissan. Any one of these issues can increase your risk of accident, injury, or even death. Additionally, not only are frequent repairs time-consuming, but they can also leave you paying thousands out of pocket, which plenty of Nissan lemon owners have been forced to do. 

You could be entitled to a refund, replacement car, or cash compensation for your lemon. A refund would include a reimbursement of all incidental costs associated with your lemon (I.e., taxes, monthly payments, towing fees etc.) as well as full payment of your attorney fees and costs. The manufacturer may instead issue you a replacement vehicle of equal value and utility. If you receive cash compensation, you will be reimbursed for the diminished cash value of the vehicle. 

Do not miss out on the compensation you could potentially receive through a lemon law claim. State lemon laws are intricate and constantly changing. It is in your best interest to enlist the help of experienced lemon law attorneys who are well-versed in state and federal lemon legislation, which is why you should contact the Lemon Law Experts as soon as possible. 

If you have specific questions about your case, let us know. Our team of Experts will happily assist you. Your next steps should be to keep all repair orders for your vehicle, gather all relevant documents, and be sure to take extensive notes during each repair visit. All of this can help you tremendously in a future lemon law claim. Contact the Lemon Law Experts to get started today.