Defective Caterpillar Truck Engine Exhaust Emissions System
Caterpillar is one of the largest manufacturing companies of mining and construction equipment among other things. Recently, the company has run into some trouble with 22 trucking companies as well as 18 individuals who have rented or leased a caterpillar powered vehicle and filed a consolidated class action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit claims that the defect in the engine exhaust emissions system caused the vehicles to shut down and prevented the vehicles from transporting goods or the people it was carrying.
The engines involved in the lawsuit are the C-13 and C-15 engines and are collectively known as MY2007 CAT engines. These types of engines were sold between 2007 and 2010. The engines involved had been designed with CAT’s advanced combustion emissions reduction technology (ACERT) systems to meet with the tougher emission systems implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Caterpillar marketed these engines as fuel efficient, reliable and durable systems. The lawsuit alleges that the engines are defective and were both marketed and distributed under false pretenses.
The plaintiffs of the lawsuit claim that they experienced substantial damages from the defective engine exhaust emission system in terms of operational losses, diminished vehicle value, and the cost of replacing the CAT engines with other EPA 2007 emission standards-compliant heavy-duty, on-highway diesel engines. Most companies involved in the lawsuit are smaller, family-owned companies that depend on these trucks and unfortunately suffer a great financial hardship when these trucks are out of commission.
Litigation is currently pending on the lawsuits for both the C-13 bus engines and the C-15 truck engines.
Product defects such as this one can cause a substantial loss to a small or even a bigger company. If you have had a problem with a defective product, call us at the LaBovick Law Group for a free consultation and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.