Nissan Timing Chain Lawsuit

Was there a mistake at the factory?

Car problems are going to happen. It’s a fact of life that we usually just accept, deal with and move on from (and sometimes pull a little hair out in the process). But what really gets a car owner’s coolant boiling is when an automaker makes a mistake during manufacturing, realizes it, and then tries to cover it up.

That’s exactly what a recent class-action lawsuit accuses Nissan of doing. The plaintiffs say Nissan manufactured some of its most popular models with a defective timing chain tensioning system.

Key Points of the Lawsuit

  • Numerous parts in these tensioning systems are defective, including the primary timing chain tensioner, primary timing chain guide, secondary timing chain tensioners and secondary timing chain tensioner shoes. Basically the whole darn thing.
  • Nissan has known about the defect since 2004 when they sent Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) to dealers describing the problem.
  • Dealers were told to only offer “goodwill” adjustments when owners specifically asked for it. However, most owners have no idea of the danger lurking under their own hoods.
  • The affected vehicles include the 2004–2006 Nissan Altima (with 2 VQ35 engine), 2004–2009 Nissan Quest, 2004–2008 Nissan Maxima, 2005–2010 Nissan Frontier (with VQ40 engine), 2005–2010 Nissan Xterra, 2005–2010 Nissan Pathfinder.

The lawsuit covers all current and former Nissan owners and lessees in New York, Florida, Maryland and New Jersey, but it could later be expanded especially if you have a complaint to share. It’s seeking a permanent fix for all affected owners.

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Actions You Can Take

This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.

  1. Step 1: File Your Complaint at is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint

  2. Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS

  3. Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA

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