Navistar hit with another class-action suit over alleged EGR-only engine defects

Published July, 24 2014

MaxxForce 13Another class-action lawsuit against Navistar-International and its MaxxForce engine line has been made public, and like the others, it accuses the truck and engine maker of knowingly selling engines with defects and concealing those defects from truck buyers.

The lawsuit, which was filed July 7 and announced July 23 by law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, was brought by Rochester, Wash.-based Par 4 Transport, who claims the 10 ProStar tractors it owned and the three it leased had “chronic malfunctions and breakdowns, continuing inoperability and inordinate ‘downtime’…for excessive, expensive repairs and concomitant loss of revenue,” according to court documents. 

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Furthermore, Navistar marketed the engines with “false and misleading statements” about the engines reliability and durability, the suit claims.

Earlier this month, in response to a query about the other lawsuits, Navistar said it does not comment on pending litigation, per company policy. 

Like the other lawsuits filed against the company, the claims stem from Navistar’s Advanced EGR systems, which it used to try to meet federal emissions standards instead of selective catalytic reduction, which was the route taken in 2010 by all other major North American engine makers.

The first suits against the engine line were announced July 8, and another — a class-action suit similar to the one brought by Par 4 — was filed the same week.

Par 4 and other plaintiffs accuse Navistar of selling engines it knew had defects and that did not meet emissions standards, yet continuing to market the engines as both capable and compliant, according to the court documents. 

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