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Trucking Companies Bring Class Action Charging Navistar With Selling Defective Engines

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 defect 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.

Proposed Class

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:

  • International Prostar and Lonestar, which are heavy duty, long haul tractor trailer trucks;
  • International Transtar, a heavy duty, regional haul truck;
  • International Workstar and Paystar, severe duty trucks used for construction applications (for example as dump trucks); and
  • International Loadstar, a severe duty cab forward truck used for various applications, including as garbage trucks and airplane refueling trucks.

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 use the form on our Navistar Maxxforce case page 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.