LLC has filed a $10-million civil suit against Swift Transportation
Co., accusing the carrier of overbilling the OEM for warranty
work, The Oregonian of Portland reported.
filed June 7 in Portland, says Swift performed its own warranty
maintenance on its Freightliner tractors since 1992. Swift mechanics
perform the repair work and then the motor carrier bills the manufacturer
if the truck is still under warranty.
Swift canceled orders for 1,600 new Freightliner trucks earlier
this month. However, Swift CEO Jerry Moyes said the order was
dropped because the trucks were to be made after the Oct. 1 EPA
deadline for diesel engines with reduced emissions.
is considering canceling 1,600 more truck orders in the first
quarter of 2003, Moyes said. An order that size amounts to about
45 days' production at Freightliner's Portland plant, which is
producing about 35 trucks a day.