Navistar denied request to dismiss lawsuit over alleged engine defects

| August 19, 2014
Navistar's MaxxForce 15
Navistar’s MaxxForce 15

A federal court Aug. 18 ruled to deny a motion made by Navistar-International to dismiss one of the lawsuits brought against it over its EGR-only MaxxForce engine line, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn made the ruling, saying Navistar’s objections against the suit would be “more properly resolved at trial or on summary judgement.”

Navistar has been hit with several class-action lawsuits in recent months by carriers and other truck buyers claiming the company’s 2008-2013 model MaxxForce engines had defects that the company knew about but tried to conceal from buyers.

Navistar opted to use only exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to try to meet 2010 emissions standards. All other major North American engine makers used selective catalytic reduction aftertreatment systems to meet 2010 standards.

The suit Navistar sought to dismiss was one filed by GCKMAT, a Virginia-based dry goods hauler in Texas.

Navistar said the carrier’s suit did not meet the proper requirements for the fraud claims it brought. GCKMAT’s suit alleges Navistar committed common law fraud in how it coached dealers who sold International trucks and how it marketed its products.

Other lawsuits, some of which are class action, are suing the carrier for breach of warranty and violation of consumer fraud laws, too.

Here’s Overdrive’s coverage of the other suits:

Navistar hit with 3 lawsuits over EGR-only engines as carriers claim defects, losses

Class-action lawsuit accuses Navistar of knowingly selling defective engines

Navistar hit with another class-action suit over alleged EGR-only engine defects

  • Duke

    Finally a good decision by the judge. Thank you so much because Navistar has literally destroyed a lot of small business’ including my own. We are fighting it though, we’ll see what happens.

  • JJ

    I truly wish you the best!!! I am in the SAME boat against CAT. They completely screwed us !!

  • localnet

    The EPA should be in these suits, as they are the ultimate cause of this mess.

  • Jodyo

    You are absolutely right. The EPA is the root cause of all this garbage is going on with these engines.

  • Barracuda

    Navistar is caterpillar old OTR division.
    C-15 engine product line was purchased.
    Repackaged and sold navistar carbon copy of the Crap 15 engine line.
    Caterpillar needed an out of the class action law suit sold that division about 9 years ago and caterpillar promised to stay out of the OTR engines.
    Time washes away promises for big company’s loving to my a buck.
    Navistar knew their engines were faulty.

  • Dave Nichols

    the maxforce 13 is a great engine. if the egr was removed it would easily run amillion miles. but epa has destroyed it like so much!!

  • fedup

    Not only navistar but paccar engines as well the re gen and after treatments are so complicated that it takes a week for them to find the problem and on top of that call any dealer and they will they will tell you its at least a week or more because they are so backed up with this junk be produced. It put us out of business with all this down time. Purelt shamefull from kenworth who used to make a great running truck. Also a special thanks to the assholes at the epa that created all this shit in the first place.

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