Counting down the top stories of 2014: No. 7

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Updated Dec 24, 2014

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No. 7: Navistar sued again for MaxxForce defects

MaxxForce_13_2A class-action lawsuit in July by three trucking companies alleged the truck and engine maker knew its EGR-only MaxxForce engines had defects and concealed the problems from buyers, and said Navistar’s failure to properly repair the engines during the warranty period decreased truck value and shortened expected engine life.

The lawsuit follows a number of others by other trucking companies in 2014. In August, a federal court denied Navistar’s request to have one of the lawsuits overturned.

In November, the company announced a restructuring of its senior leadership team that included the retirement of Jack Allen, Navistar’s chief operating officer.

“Today is a new beginning for Navistar,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and CEO at the announcement. “We’re a different company—a better performing company—than we were two years ago. We’ve streamlined the organization, focused our efforts on functional excellence and implemented lean operating principles throughout the company. This new structure will build on those efforts and allow us to grow profitable market share as we more effectively plan, design, build and sell our vehicles, parts and services and deliver industry-leading uptime for our customers.”

For the year, Navistar reported a loss of $619 million, down from a loss of $898 million reported in 2013.

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