This week marks the beginning of U.S. production for the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, something the automaker excitedly announced in a press release today. But while workers in Smyrna, Tennessee gear up to make the cars and their batteries, a group of owners in Arizona say they're still angry with the way their Leafs handle the heat — and with how Nissan is handling the situation.
As we reported last summer, Arizona Leaf owners have been complaining for a while that their cars' batteries have no effective cooling method, causing them to prematurely lose anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of their charges on hot days. Owners in Phoenix have filed complaints, demanded buybacks and even threatened lawsuits, according to CBS 5 Arizona. And Nissan has bought back several of them under Arizona's Lemon Laws.