Nissan: Sorry for the mistake, here's $400

May 18, 2011: 4:33 PM ET
Nissan Juke

All-wheel-drive Nissan Jukes have slightly smaller gas tanks than front-wheel-drive versions, but some marketing materials listed them as the same.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Nissan North America is sending $400 checks to early buyers of the Nissan Juke compact SUV because some marketing materials overstated the size of the gas tank by 1.4 gallons.

All-wheel-drive Nissan Jukes have an 11.8 gallon fuel tank. Front-wheel-drive Jukes, meanwhile, have 13.2 gallon gas tanks. But someone at Nissan forgot to use the smaller number on marketing materials including the so-called "Munroney label," the price, fuel economy and safety rating document pasted in the windows of new cars for sale on dealers' lots.

It's unlikely that the gas tank size was a deciding factor for many people who bought a Nissan Juke, Nissan spokesman Colin Price said, but the automaker thought it was important to set things right. Some people might have expected a certain driving range for instance, but found they weren't getting that range.

"If they were unsatisfied, we want to do our best to make sure they're satisfied," Price said.

The Nissan Juke is a sporty ultra-compact SUV.

The gas tank size was listed correctly in the Juke owner's manual and at the federal government's Web site where consumer can compare vehicles' fuel economy and driving range.

About 4,000 all-wheel-drive Jukes were sold before the mistake was noticed and corrected, Price said. That means the correction will cost Nissan about $1.6 million. To top of page

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