Nissan Timing Chain Defect Class Action Settlement (CA & WA Only)

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Who is a Class Member

You are included in the Nissan Timing Chain Defect class action settlement if you “purchased or leased in California or Washington, a Class Vehicle.”

Class Vehicles include:

  • 2004-2006 Nissan Altima (VQ35 engine)
  • 2004-2008 Nissan Maxima
  • 2004-2009 Nissan Quest
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Frontier (VQ40 engine)
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2005-2007 Nissan Xterra

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.


Estimated Award

  • Varies

Settlement Class members who file a valid and timely claim can receive either partial reimbursement or a voucher towards the purchase of a new Nissan vehicle, as outlined below:

  • Class members who had repairs made after the powertrain coverage under the New Vehicle Limited Warranty has expired (5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first) but at fewer than 80,001 miles, can elect:
    • (a) for Nissan to reimburse 80% of the first $900 of the cost actually paid, or
    • (b) a voucher in the amount of $1,500 towards the purchase of a new Nissan vehicle
  • Class members who had  repairs made when the vehicle has more than 80,000 miles but fewer than 100,001 miles, can elect
    • (a) for Nissan to reimburse 50% of the first $900 of the cost actually paid, or
    • (b) a voucher in the amount of $1,000 towards the purchase of a new Nissan vehicle
  • Class members who had repairs made when the vehicle has more than 100,000 miles but not more than 120,000 miles, can elect
    • (a) for Nissan to reimburse 20% of the first $900 of the cost actually paid, or
    • (b) a voucher in the amount of $500 towards the purchase of a new vehicle

Proof of Purchase

  • Claimants will need to provide their Unique ID number located on their mailed claim form along with supporting documentation showing the repair to the primary or secondary timing chain system and the amount paid.

Claim Form

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Nissan Timing Chain Defect Settlement Notes

  • Falco, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al.
  • Case No. 2:13-cv-00686-DDP-MANx
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Plaintiffs Kobe Falco, Joel Seguin, Alfredo Padilla, and Roberto Galvan brought this consumer class action lawsuit alleging Nissan breached drivers’ warranties by intentionally failing to disclose timing chain defects associated with certain Nissan vehicles.

Specifically, the timing chain in certain Nissan vehicles is “prone to premature failure and cannot be reasonably repaired.” Moreover, Nissan reportedly knew about the problems with their timing chains since 2003 and not only refused to disclose the problem to consumers but actively concealed its knowledge about the defective timing chains.

Since the defective Nissan timing chains are prone to prematurely fail, this can pose a serious safety issue and place drivers and passengers at risk. This includes the inability to accelerate and maintain speed and can even lead to catastrophic engine failure.

Nissan denies it acted improperly and says the case is without merit. Nevertheless, the company agreed to settle to bring closure to the litigation. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Nissan Timing Chain Defect settlement website.

Class members who wish to object to or exclude themselves from the Nissan Timing Chain Defect settlement must do so by June 11, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 7/2/18: Deadline to submit a Claim Form for repairs made prior to April 2, 2018
  • 90 Days After Repair Date: Deadline to submit a Claim Form for repairs made after April 2, 2018
  • 6/11/18 Objection or Exclusion Deadline
  • 7/16/18: Final Hearing at 10:00 am PT* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.FalcovNissan.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.


Contact Information

  • Mail: Falco v. Nissan Settlement, Claims Administrator, P.O. Box 4230, Portland, OR 97208-4230
  • Phone: 1-844-763-6373
  • Email: info@FalcovNissan.com

Class Counsel


Settlement Website

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