Lawsuit Claims Ford Cheated Diesel Emissions Testing

Lawsuit Claims Ford Cheated Diesel Emissions Testing

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs state the impacted vehicles exhibit real-world emissions performance that "grossly exceeds" those allowed by federal and state law. The software was allegedly developed and supplied to Ford by Bosch.

The law firm representing the owners, Hagens Berman, has launched lawsuits in the past year against General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV as well as engine maker Cummins Inc, making similar allegations.

The complaint states Ford violated 58 state consumer, advertising, trade and federal collusion laws and "concealed and suppressed material facts".

Bosch is also named as a defendant in the case, and vehemently denies wrongdoing, but says it won't comment further as it sorts out the pending allegations. How much more? According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the suit alleges 500,000 Super Duty trucks manufactured from 2011 through 2017 can emit up to 50 times more pollutants than allowed.

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This lawsuit presents Ford as the latest automaker to come under fire for diesel emissions issues following Volkswagen AG's infamous "diesel-gate" in 2015.

Erik Gordon, a specialist in entrepreneurship and technology at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, stated that if real, the "allegations would expose Ford to the threat of billion-dollar liabilities and punch a hole in its efforts to place itself as an automobile technology leader".

Bosch is also accused of developing software that enabled Ford to adjust fuel levels, exhaust gas re-circulation, air pressure and urea injection rates while being tested for emissions by regulators including the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board. "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims".

In a statement Wednesday, Bosch stated accusations against the company "remain the subject of investigations and civil litigation" and it takes accusations of diesel software application adjustment "very seriously". "Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation", according to a statement from company spokeswoman Alissa Cleland.

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