Attention, you may be entitled to up to $6,500 and time is running out! Volkswagen and Audi owners and leasers can get reimbursed for specific repairs made on certain vehicles between 2008 and 2014. Discover if your vehicle qualifies and how to start a claim.
Audi and Volkswagen owners and leasers with a settlement class vehicle that paid to have certain repairs made may be entitled to a full reimbursement of those expenses.
Autobahn Performance collected settlement details, eligibility requirements, important deadlines, and created this guide for how to participate in this settlement.
Timing Chain Settlement and Eligibility Details
On June 14, 2018, the Court granted preliminary approval for the Volkswagen timing chain settlement known as “In Re Volkswagen Timing Chain Product Liability Litigation, Civil Action No. 16-2765 (JLL)(JAD).”
This settlement addresses these parts:
• Timing chain failure and/or
• Timing chain tensioner failure and/or
• Engine replacement as a result of the failure of a timing chain or timing chain tensioner.
Eligible Class of drivers:
Anyone who purchased or leased one of a specific model of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles either in the United States or Puerto Rico manufactured between 2008 and 2014.
Eligible Class of vehicles:
The following vehicles by year and model (with VIN numbers registered in the VIN lookup database) are recognized as qualified Settlement Class Vehicles:
|Eligible Volkswagen Vehicle Models||Eligible Audi Vehicle Models|
|Certain 2012–2014 Beetles||Certain 2008–2012 A3’s|
|Certain 2012–2014 Beetle Convertibles||Certain 2009–2012 A4 Avant’s|
|Certain 2009–2012 CC’s||Certain 2009–2013 A4 Sedans|
|Certain 2009–2012 Eos’s||Certain 2010–2013 A5 Cabriolets|
|Certain 2008–2012 GTI’s||Certain 2010–2013 A5 Coupes|
|Certain 2008–2010 & 2012–2014 Jetta Sedans||Certain 2012 A6’s|
|Certain 2009 Jetta SportWagen’s||Certain 2011–2012 Q5’s|
|Certain 2008–2010 Passat Sedans||Certain 2009–2012 TT Coupes|
|Certain 2008–2010 Passat Wagons||Certain 2009–2012 TT Roadsters|
|Certain 2009–2013 Tiguan’s|
You can look up your vehicle identification number (VIN) at https://timingchainlitigation.com/CheckVIN The webpage will indicate whether your vehicle is included in this settlement or not.
Volkswagen Payment Terms, Warranties, and Limitations
For qualified vehicles, warranties on timing chains and timing chain tensioners have been extended by Volkswagen to 10 years or 100,000 miles.
If your vehicle qualifies for reimbursement, the following charts detail factors that may influence the amount you receive.
|Service Required||Authorized Audi / VW Dealer||Independent Repair Service Center|
|Timing Chain Tensioner within 10yr / 100,000 mile||Covers 100% Parts and Labor||Covers Parts and Labor up to $1,100|
|Timing Chain within 10yr / 100,000 mile||Covers 100% Parts and Labor||Covers up to $1,500 for combined Parts and Labor|
|Timing Chain Tensioner and Timing Chain within 10yr / 100,000 mile||Covers 100% Parts and Labor||Maximum Refund for Both Timing Chain Tensioner and Timing Chain Repair or Replacement to be no more than $2,000|
For engine repair or replacement due to damages caused by either the the timing chain tensioner or the timing chain, the following benefits with time/mileage restrictions have been established by the VW class action settlement terms:
|Time from In-Service Date||60,000 miles ≤||60,001 – 75,000 miles||75,001 – 85,000 miles||85,001 – 100,000 miles|
|5 to 7 Years||70%||60%||50%||35%|
|7 to 10 Years||60%||50%||40%||25%|
The maximum amount recoverable by qualifying individuals who have their engine repaired or replaced at an independent service center is $6,500. This amount is represented as “100% in the above mentioned time/mileage percentages.
How to File Your Volkswagen Timing Chain Claim Online
Be ready to provide your contact and vehicle information – including the vehicle identification number. You will also be prompted to provide information regarding each type of repair made to the vehicle.
ONLINE Claim Forms must be submitted on or before January 25, 2019
Before Beginning Your Online Claim Form – Verify that your vehicle is eligible through the VIN lookup database, and gather legible receipts and documentation to prove your out-of-pocket expenses.
Filing Your Claim Online – Go to https://timingchainlitigation.com/Claim and begin filling out the Claim form.
Note: The claim form is 5 pages long, you cannot save and go back to it, so make sure you have ample time to complete the Claim.
After You Have Filed Your Claim – Save all of your supporting documentation. All Claims are reviewed and processed by a Claim Administrator, and you may have to provide further information to validate your claim.
Failure to provide requested information may result in the rejection of your Claim.
How to File Your Volkswagen Timing Chain Claim by Mail
MAILED IN Claim Forms must be postmarked on or before January 25, 2019
Download the Claim Form – Settlement and Court documents can be found at https://timingchainlitigation.com/Home/Documents
Fill Out the Claim Form – Provide the required information as completely as possible, and attach copies of all supporting documentation which prove your out-of-pocket expenses.
For further Claim form clarifications, visit https://timingchainlitigation.com/Home/Faq
Sign, Date, and Mail the Claim – Once you have completed the Claim form, sign, date, and make a copy of it for your records.
Mail the Claim form with all supporting documents to:
Volkswagen Timing Chain Settlement
P.O. Box 3656
Portland, OR 97208-3656
Important Court and Filing Dates
OCTOBER 12, 2018 – Unless your class vehicle is registered in the state of New Hampshire, this is the deadline to either exclude yourself from or object to the settlement.
DECEMBER 3, 2018 – For those in New Hampshire, this is the deadline to exclude yourself from or object to the settlement.
DECEMBER 12, 2018 – Fairness Hearing which decides whether or not to approve the settlement as fair.
JANUARY 25, 2019 – Mail-in and Online Claim filing deadline.
Your Case and Claim
Don’t let time run out on your ability to be reimbursed for your losses. If you had to pay for timing chain and/or timing chain tensioner repairs, and/or paid to replace your engine as a result of their failure, and your vehicle qualifies, submit your claim as quickly as possible.
In this article, you have discovered the eligibility requirements for your vehicle, important filing deadlines, and a how-to guide for you to participate in this settlement.
By not filing your Claim, you could be missing out on reimbursements of up to $6,500. Take the time to verify that you and your vehicle qualify to participate in this settlement and file it on or before January 25, 2019.