After more than a year of negotiations, BMW/MINI has settled a class action lawsuit over the engine timing chain tensioner in some second-generation MINI models. The class action suit was initiated in March 2013 by plaintiffs Joshua Skeen and Laurie Freeman, both owners of a 2007 MINI Cooper S. The lawsuit covered R56 MINI Cooper S Hardtops, R57 Convertibles, and R55 Clubman from model year 2007 to 2010. The plaintiffs claimed the timing chain tensioner is faulty and over time can cause damage to engine valves due to improper valve timing. In extreme cases, the faulty tensioner caused the engine to quit when accelerating, sometimes in the middle of traffic. MINI issued a technical service bulletin for the issue but did not issue a recall or reimburse affected MINI owners, according to the complaint. According to Law360, BMW/MINI reached a â€œmultimillion-dollar settlementâ€ that would settle all claims. Class action participants will receive free extended warranties to 100,000 miles or seven years and will be reimbursed for engine repairs (typically costing $1,300 to $1,500).