Welcome to the Fox, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc. Settlement website.

This website contains information regarding a proposed class action Settlement that has been preliminary approved by the Court in Fox, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc. Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the county of San Francisco Case No. CGC-09-490470.


This settlement resolves a lawsuit about Nissan's obligations, if any, to disclose an alleged risk of and/or pay for repairs for engine damage relating to loosened or detached power valve screws in certain Nissan Pathfinders, Sentras and Altimas.

Power valve screws located on the intake manifold near the top of the vehicle engine occasionally came loose and were sucked into the engine, and may have caused engine damage. If this happened, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL or Check Engine Light) would have likely illuminated, and unstable engine idling or power loss while driving may have occurred. Engine repairs were probably necessary.

If your Nissan vehicle had engine damage because of a loose power valve screw, you may be entitled to reimbursement of engine repair costs up to $3000 for engine replacement and up to $1500 for engine repair provided the damage occurred within 12 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first, and you paid for the repair out of pocket . If the damage happened within the five (5) year/60,000 mile warranty period or was covered in Nissan's Voluntary Service Campaign, it was paid for by Nissan and you are not entitled to recover.


You are a Settlement Class Member and part of the settlement if you are a current or former owner or lessee of a 2001-2004 model year Nissan Pathfinder with VQ35 engine or a 2002-2005 model year Nissan Altima or Sentra with QR25 engine who purchased or leased the vehicle in California.