The final generation of diesel truck engines manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. has generated yet another civil lawsuit, this one filed by Minnesota carrier Scenic Boundaries Trans Inc.
The Sandstone-based company said in a court filing with that it had purchased at least six trucks with engines made by Caterpillar in 2007.
The carrier said the engine were “defective in material and/or workmanship causing the vehicle to not function as required under all operating conditions on a consistent and reliable basis — even after repeated emissions warranty repairs and replacements.”
Scenic Boundaries filed its suit U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on April 30.
Caterpillar sold 13- and 15-liter truck Acert — or advanced-combustion, emission-reduction technology— engines to meet the January 2007 Environmental Protection Agency standards.
That was the year most engine makers started using diesel particulate filters and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel in order to meet tighter standards on particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions.