Insurance carrier sues Winnebago for RV fire

By Carol Ostrow | Apr 17, 2015

POINT PLEASANT — An insurance company filed a grievance on behalf of its client against a recreational vehicle manufacturer for alleged liability in a 2013 incident.

Progressive Classic Insurance Company, as subrogee of Jerry Harry, of Cleveland, Ohio, brought a complaint against Winnebago Industries, of Forest City, Iowa, on March 24 in Mason Circuit Court claiming negligence in a 2013 fire in its client’s recreational vehicle.

According to the filing, Jerry Harry, who is insured by the plaintiff, purchased a 2012 Winnebago Vista 35F recreational vehicle on or about Jan. 28, 2012. A fire started in the RV on April 14, 2013. Following the incident and pursuant to the policy, Progressive compensated its insured party for the damages, estimated to be $126,661.17.

The suit contends that the RV was negligently designed and/or constructed at the point of manufacture. Progressive cites the defendant with negligence and breach of warranty. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the vehicle had defective electrical components, and claims breach of both express and implied warranty on the part of Winnebago.

The plaintiff seeks to recover damages for losses sustained in the fire in the amount of $126,661.17, plus statutory interest, attorneys’ fees and costs.

The insurance company is represented by Rebecca Wright of Rathbone Group in Huntington. The case has been assigned to Judge Thomas C. Evans III.

Mason Circuit Court case number: 15-C-43

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