Navistar Sued Over Maxxforce Engines
Lawsuits have been filed in three cities against Navistar saying it misled three firms regarding the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) MaxxForce engine being certified to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 emissions standards.
The suits were filed in McAllen, Texas, on behalf of Americorp Xpress Carriers; in Nashville, Tennessee, on behalf of First Express; and in Tacoma, Washington, on behalf of Floyd Blinsky Trucking. This involves model years 2011 and 2012 International tractors with MaxxForce engines.
It also alleges that the plaintiffs have experienced repeated and excessive breakdowns to their trucks powered by the MaxxForce engines including components such as the EGR cooler, EGR valve, turbochargers, and clogged fuel injectors.
The lawsuit seeks 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 resale for the units due to their excessive repair histories and failure to be EPA 2010 certified.
Clay Miller, partner at Miller Weisbrod law firm said: “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.”
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.
Company spokesperson for Navistar, Elissa Maurer, said: “As a matter of a company policy, we don’t comment on pending litigation.”