Falco v. Nissan Settlement

If You Purchased or Leased a Qualifying Nissan Vehicle in the State of California or Washington, a Class Action Settlement May Affect You.



Welcome to the Informational Website for the Falco v. Nissan Settlement.

A class action settlement, known as Falco, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-00686-DDP- MANx gained preliminary approval by the court on February 1, 2018. The Settlement resolves a lawsuit about Nissan’s obligations, if any, related to the timing chain systems in the following models:


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

If you purchased or leased the above vehicles in the state of California or Washington:

You may be able to get a partial refund if you paid to repair the engine timing chains in your Nissan vehicle, or if you need to have them repaired in the future.

If your vehicle is making a high frequency buzzing or whining noise coming from the engine that increases in frequency with engine speed, this may indicate your timing chain system needs to be repaired.

If you have not yet had your vehicle repaired, to be eligible for reimbursement under the Settlement, you must first have your vehicle diagnosed by an authorized Nissan dealership. If the authorized Nissan dealership determines that repair or replacement of your primary or secondary timing chain system is necessary because of a broken slack guide retention clip, an unseated slack guide, or worn secondary tensioner shoes, you may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of the diagnosis and repair costs from Nissan.


Important Dates and Deadlines
Date Event
February 1, 2018 Preliminary Approval Granted
June, 11, 2018 Exclusion (Opt Out) Deadline
June 11, 2018 Objection Deadline
July 2, 2018 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
July 16, 2018 10:00 a.m. PST Final Approval (“Fairness”) Hearing