Excerpts from jg-tc.com:

Charleston along with cities like Champaign are taking part in a class action lawsuit against Pierce Manufacturing Inc. and Global Fire Equipment Inc. claiming that they violated the terms of the warranty on the fire trucks they have made for the cities.

Charleston purchased two fire engines and ladder truck in the early 2000s over a five-year period from the company with a lifetime warranty on the frame of all three trucks for rust and corrosion damage, and currently, all three have varying degrees of rust on the frame.

Despite this, Charleston Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Tim Meister and the city claim that the company has not repaired or replaced the frames even though it is spelled out in the warranty to do so, as they claim.

“There are multiple cities that have purchased these, same manufacturer, same years we have, and they are having the same issues,” Meister said.

So, the cities of Charleston, Champaign, Decatur, Normal, Bloomington, Peoria and Ottawa are taking action, according to city records. The law firm of Ancel Glink will represent the group of municipalities in the claims suit.

thanks Dan