Caterpillar C18 and C32 Engine Defects
Our clients allege their C18 and C32 Caterpillar engines (in choppers, yachts, generators, etc.) failed prematurely due to cylinder lining defects not disclosed by Cat and not covered by warranty.
Owners of marine engines, oil rig engines, truck engines, and others have had to pay thousands in uncovered repair costs as the failure rate on C18s and C32s climbs.
Lieff Cabraser is investigating widespread claims that defects in certain Caterpillar engines lead to repeated engine failures in C18 and C32 models. Complaints focus on the cylinder liner of the C18 and C32 Caterpillar engines. Owners and users indicate the cylinder liner is defective and cracks, letting oil and coolant leak and mix together, leading to repeated engine failures.
The Caterpillar engines are used in generators, industrial engines, locomotive engines, marine engines, OEM power packs, petroleum oil rig engines, truck engines, and mulch chopping trucks. Losses encountered by users of the allegedly defective engines include high repair costs (which can easily hit $50,000 or more for repairs and labor), machine down time, reduction in device market value, and related business losses.
“Whether it’s in your boat, truck, driller, chopper, chipper or any of a hundred other machines, if your Cat C18 or C32 engine hasn’t failed yet and it’s from the affected years, the numbers show there’s a good chance it will soon,” said Lieff Cabraser partner Kenny Byrd. “Our goal is to hold Caterpillar accountable for concealment of the cylinder liner defects and refusal to make their customers’ engines whole again.”
Boats, Choppers, and Other Equipment with Caterpillar C18 and Caterpillar C32 Engine Problems
Caterpillar C18 and Caterpillar C32 engines are widely used in boats and yachts from multiple companies, such that owners and users are reporting:
- Astonda engine problems and failures;
- Azimut engine problems and failures;
- Hampton engine problems and failures;
- Maritimo engine problems and failures;
- Hinckley Talaria engine problems and failures;
- Hatteras engine problems and failures;
- Canados engine problems and failures;
- Princess engine problems and failures;
- Horizon engine problems and failures;
- Ocean Alexander engine problems and failures;
- Michael Rybovich engine problems and failures;
- French Yachts Custom engine problems and failures; and
- Viking engine problems and failures.
Users of Rotochopper products that include Caterpillar C18 and C32 engines are also reporting breakdowns, failures, and other engine problems.
EMCP 4 generators also include Caterpillar C18 engines in which users have reported breakdowns, failures, and other problems.
Some of the applications and uses of the C-18 engine are:
Asphalt and Concrete Paving Equipment
Bore/Drill Rigs (Mining Only)
Bore/Drill Rigs (Non-Mining)
Combines and Harvestors
Diesel Multiple Units/Railcars
Hydraulic Power Units
Land Drill Fire Pump
Land Production Aux Engine
Land Production Aux Genset
Land Production Fire Pump
Land Production Prime Genset
Land Production Standby Genset
Lawn and Garden
Mobile Drill Rig
Offshore Emergency Power
Offshore Fire Pump
Offshore Prod Emergency Power
Offshore Production Crane
Offshore Production Fire Pump
Offshore Production Power
Offshore Support Vessel
Other General Industrial
Other Mobile Earthmoving (Non Mining or Quarry)
Public or Civil Services
Rail Maintenance Equipment
Rail Way Head End Power
Surface Hauling Units
Underground Mining Equipment