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Navistar Sued Over International MaxxForce Engines

LISLE, IL — Three trucking companies are suing truck and engine maker Navistar International, claiming that Navistar did not tell them about defects and problems with its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010 MaxxForce engines.

The carriers want “to recover lost profits due to the unreasonable downtime, out-of-pocket expenses related to the breakdowns and the diminished value on trade-in or resell for the units due to their excessive repair histories and failure to be EPA 2010 emissions regulations certified,” according to a press release.

Law firm Miller Weisbrod claims Navistar misled its clients about the exhaust gas recirculation technology on the engines, including them being certified to meet the EPA’s 2010 emissions standards.

The law firm is representing Americorp Xpress Carriers, Texas; First Express, Tenn.; and Floyd Blinsky Trucking, Washington, in the suits.

The carriers claim they’ve had repeated and excessive breakdowns on their trucks powered by the MaxxForce engines, including components such as the EGR cooler, EGR valve, turbochargers, and clogged fuel injectors.

The lawsuits involve model years 2011 and 2012 International tractors with MaxxForce engines. They also name the clients’ respective International truck dealers, who sold and/or performed repairs on their tractor-trailers. The cases were filed in state courts in Dallas, Nashville, and Tacoma.

“Our investigation has revealed the problems with the MaxxForce engine are pervasive throughout the trucking industry. Our firm is representing numerous other companies and anticipate filing dozens of more cases in states across the country,” said Clay Miller, partner, Miller Weisbrod.

Navistar stopped making the 15-liter MaxxForce Class 8 heavy-duty diesel engines in July 2012 and was abandoning the use of its EGR-only technology on all Class 8 engines.

When contacted about the lawsuit, Navistar spokesperson Elissa Maurer said, “As a matter of a company policy, we don’t comment on pending litigation.”

 
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