Renault and Nissan face legal action in France over engine problem

PARIS, June 21 (Reuters) – Automotive partners Renault (RENA.PA) and Nissan (7201.T) are facing legal action in France from customers who encountered problems with certain engines manufactured between 2012 and 2016 .

Christophe Lèguevaques, lawyer for the legal platform MyLeo involved in the trial, said that the companies had just been notified of the collective action representing some 1,100 people.

He added that his customers were not currently seeking financial compensation, but as a first step they wanted to obtain proof of their claim, the automakers should have issued a recall when they discovered a problem with the engine. 1.2-litre petrol engine used in 400,000 vehicles in Europe between 2012 and 2016.

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Renault previously said the engine, which is made in Spain and Britain, consumed too much oil, but added that it posed no safety risk. No official reminders have been issued by regulators.

The automaker said on Tuesday it would not engage in any collective bargaining, but would consider paying compensation to customers over the matter on a case-by-case basis.

“As a first step, we encourage customers who believe they may be affected by this issue to contact their local Nissan dealership who will appropriately inspect and diagnose the vehicle and provide necessary assistance,” Nissan added in a statement.

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Report by Gilles Guillaume Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Mark Potter

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