|[July 10, 2014]
Trucking Companies Bring Class Action Charging Navistar With Selling Defective Engines
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Jonathan D. Selbin of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser
Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that three trucking companies that
purchased vehicles in California, Illinois, and Washington state filed a
nationwide class action lawsuit against Navistar International
Corporation. The complaint, filed late yesterday afternoon in federal
court in Illinois, alleges that Navistar actively concealed that its
2008-2013 model trucks were equipped with diesel engines -- the
Maxxforce Advanced EGR diesel engines -- that contained a defective
emission system that caused the trucks to suddenly break down.
"The problems with these engines have cost buyers and lessees --
including many small, family-owned businesses -- thousands of dollars,"
stated Selbin. "In some cases, the unexpected mechanical problems
endangered owners' ability to earn a living. The lawsuit seeks to hold
Navistar responsible for the quality of its engines and ensure that
buyers and lessees of Navistar trucks get what they paid for."
Defective Navistar Truck Lawsuit Allegations
The complaint alleges that the Maxxforce Engine is defective and the
alleged defects lead to repeated failures, well before completion of its
intended and expected useful life, requiring costly repairs often at the
expense of owners and lessees. Further, when the trucks were brought in
for repairs during the warranty period, Navistar didn't properly repair
the emission system and instead replaced them with another equally
defective failure-prone system.
The complaint alleges that the defct rendered the Maxxforce Engines
unreasonably dangerous at the time the Navistar trucks were purchased.
The defect can and has led to sudden breakdowns, forcing trucks, often
heavily loaded with cargo, to attempt emergency maneuvers, such as
pulling to the side of the road. The defect also causes coolant and
exhaust fumes to enter the passenger compartment of the Navistar trucks,
causing risks of driver poisoning from the fumes.
The proposed class consists of all current and former purchasers and
lessees of 2008-2013 model year Navistar vehicles nationwide equipped
with Maxxforce Advanced EGR diesel Engines. Navistar sold trucks
containing the defective Maxxforce Engines under its International brand
name, including the following models:
1. International Prostar and Lonestar, which are heavy duty, long haul
tractor trailer trucks;
2. International Transtar, a heavy duty, regional haul truck;
3. International Workstar and Paystar, severe duty trucks used for
construction applications (for example as dump trucks); and
4. International Loadstar, a severe duty cab forward truck used for
various applications, including as garbage trucks and airplane refueling
All of the Trucks are U.S. Department of Transportation Class 7 and 8
trucks, the largest, heaviest, and most powerful trucks on the road.
Contact Plaintiffs' Counsel
Owners and lessees of Navistar trucks containing Maxxforce Engines are
welcome to contact a Lieff Cabraser attorney and report their experience
with these engines. We will review your claim for free and with no
obligation on your part. Please
contact us online or call us toll-free at 1 866 313-1973 and ask to
speak to attorney Mark Chalos in our Nashville office.
About Lieff Cabraser
Described by The American Lawyer as "one of the nation's premier
plaintiffs' firms," Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has
successfully litigated and settled hundreds of class action lawsuits in
federal and state courts, including dozens of cases requiring
manufacturers to remedy a defect, extend warranties, and refund to
purchasers the cost of repairing the defective product. With sixty-plus
attorneys in offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville, we are
among the largest law firms in the United States that represent only
plaintiffs. Learn more at http://www.lieffcabraser.com/.
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