2021 Nissan Kicks Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical and engine issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Nissan’s first subcompact crossover, the Juke, entered the market relatively early, in 2011. Visually, motoring journalists described it as being bizarrely different, comical, ugly, and somewhat funky.

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When the time came to redesign the crossover in 2018, Nissan Kicks was born. Considerably more conventional in style, it’s found a welcome niche in the market. But as Lemberg Law has reported in our Is Your Car A Lemon? series of articles , it hasn’t been devoid of problems.

We have studied complaints on file with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to see how complaints about different models compare.

Previous Complaints about the Nissan Kicks

There are 40 complaints about the 2018 Nissan Kicks, 31 about the 2019 model, and 25 about the 2020 model. While it looks at face value as if complaints are reducing with each model year, this is not necessarily the case. This is because complaints don’t stop with the model year.

For instance, there were only 3 complaints about the 2018 model in 2018 and 19 in 2019. The other 18 dates from 2020 onwards. Similarly, there are only 5 complaints about the 2019 model that are dated 2019. There are 17 from 2020 and 9 from 2021. The 2020 complaints about the 2020 model are similarly low at 8. But there are 12 from 2021 and already 5 made in 2022.

Most Common Problems with the 2021 Nissan Kicks

So far there are only 5 complaints about the 2021 model made to NHTSA, 4 from 2021. There have, though, been 28 manufacturer communications with dealers that highlight issues with the vehicle.

Of the complaints, forward-collision avoidance issues carry 2 complaints, one of which also refers to seats and airbags. Other problems relate to the electrical system, engine, and structure of the vehicle.

The structural problem focuses on chipping paint in a fleet unit as well as some evidence of rust.

2021 Nissan Kicks Forward Collision Avoidance Problems

There are 2 problems that relate to forward-collision avoidance. One of these also implicates airbags and seats as problem areas.

One complaint follows a crash where the complainant’s car rear-ended a SUV that stopped suddenly. They were traveling at about 50-60 mph, but the airbags didn’t deploy. Additionally, “the passenger seat appears to have come off its tracks.”

The complainant questions whether the emergency braking system may have failed. Alternatively, he suggests that “the car just did not have time to react.”

While the first complaint highlights how the forward-collision avoidance system didn’t avoid a collision, the second complaint doesn’t even involve a potential collision.

The problem, which has recurred for at least two months, is that the warning light is triggered by sunlight. “When I go into a shade it turns off but immediately pops back on and slows my car down when I return into the sunlight.”

2021 Nissan Kicks Electrical Problems

The reported electrical issue is that the Nissan Kicks heater doesn’t work properly.

“If the temperature is set to 62 degrees, cold air as expected comes out of vents. If set to 63 degrees, maximum hot air comes out of vents, even after the cabin is warmed up. This is distracting to keep fumbling with the temperature control, toggling between 62 and 63 while driving. Keeping the air controller at 63 is also a distraction since the cabin is uncomfortably hot.”

2021 Nissan Kicks Engine Problems

The engine complaint is a result of a brand new Nissan Kicks shutting off while driving. The dealer tried to recreate the problem several times, couldn’t, and said there was nothing wrong with the vehicle.

When the complainant said he wants his money back, a different car, or an attorney, a Nissan representative reportedly told him to “get an attorney.”

This is probably the best advice they could give! When a problem constantly recurs, there’s a good chance you’ve bought a lemon. And if you’ve bought a lemon, the best advice you will get is from a lemon lawyer.

What to do if your 2021 Nissan Kicks is a lemon. Your Lemon Rights

If your Nissan Kicks has problems that your dealer can’t solve you may have a lemon on your hands. While this article explores the problems that other Nissan Kicks owners have complained to NHTSA about, your problems may be quite different.

If you think you have a lemon, contact the Lemberg Law Helpline so that we can assess your problem as soon as possible. In reality, we are more likely to get you a replacement car or your money back. We have done it many times for our clients.

Remember that the law makes the manufacturer pay the legal bills for lemons. That means no out of pocket costs for you!

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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