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Ford Faces Class-Action Suit Re: F-250 & F-350 Emissions

Bloomberg.com reports Ford Motor Co. and supplier Bosch are being sued for allegedly rigging a half-million heavy-duty pickup trucks to beat emissions tests.

January 15, 2018
Law suit alleges Ford rigged a half-million heavy-duty pickup trucks to beat emissions tests.

Bloomberg.com reports Ford Motor Co. and supplier Bosch are being sued for allegedly rigging a half-million heavy-duty pickup trucks to beat emissions tests.

According to the complaint filed January 10 by the Hagens Berman law firm (the same firm responsible for emissions lawsuits against Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes, General Motors and Volkswagen), the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups sold between 2011 and 2017 measured nitrogen oxide pollutants (NOx) at up to 50 times higher than the legal limit.

The class-action lawsuit comes just after Ford announced availability of a diesel engine for its smaller 2018 F-150 pickup which is expected to deliver 30 miles per gallon.

In addition, Bosch is accused of building software that allowed Ford to adjust fuel levels, exhaust gas recirculation, air pressure and urea injection rates while being tested for emissions by regulators including the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.

In all, the lawsuit claims Ford and Bosch colluded to evade emissions requirements, totaling 58 offenses against state and federal laws.

The emission control configuration designed by Ford and Bosch put the catalytic reduction before the diesel particle filter, which allowed Ford to market both fuel efficiency and power in its vehicles without compromise, according to Bloomberg.

Much of the complaint focuses on Ford sales brochures which the plaintiffs say misrepresented the pickups as 'clean diesel' which factored into their decision to buy the diesel vehicle rather than spending less for a similar gas-powered model.

The suit says Ford knowingly did not disclose the vehicles only met emissions regulations during a testing environment, not in general highway driving. It also alleges Ford did not disclose that vehicles under towing conditions requiring more than 70-80 percent of rated torque were tuned to produce NOx levels 30-50 times the standard.

Ford denies the allegations. “All Ford vehicles, including those with diesel engines, comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations,” Daniel Barbosa, a spokesman for Ford, said in an emailed statement. “Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices. We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”

 

 

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