By Mark Kleis
Friday, Dec 24th, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
 
Navistar International, the long time diesel engine provider for Ford Motor Company's trucks and now canceled Excursion, has been named in five lawsuits that are each seeking class-action status stemming from "design and manufacturing defects" for the problem-laden 6.0-liter diesel engine once used in Ford vehicles.

The news of the class action suits came after Navistar made a regulatory filing in California, Utah, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, according to Bloomberg. The suits each seek class-action status for owners of 2003 through 2007 model year vehicles equipped with the 6.0-liter Powerstroke diesel engine designed and produced by Navistar, for Ford.

Ford and Navistar share a rocky past due to the issues stemming from the 6.0-liter and subsequent 6.4-liter diesel engines, and in 2007 Ford sued Navistar in a multi-billion dollar suit concerning the same issues being covered in the new class-action suits.

The automaker designed its new Scorpion 6.7-liter diesel engine in-house.

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