Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Class Action: Did Ford Also Tamper with Emissions Tests?

Class Action: Did Ford Also Tamper with Emissions Tests?

The lawsuit is claiming that Ford sold consumers trucks that seemed environmentally more efficient than other models, when in reality, the automotive manufacturer was manipulating the emissions system to obtain a better performance.

The law firms are working in collaboration with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, an important company in the field of class actions in the United States, which has simultaneously brought a similar suit in the name of affected American buyers and lessees.

This case, filed by a group of Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty owners, alleges Ford cheated on emission tests of the diesel engines because they pollute much more than the tests certify. The lawsuit is naming both Ford and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany as defendants. The suit further says that the diesel Super Duty trucks cost $8,400 more than their gasoline counterparts. Bloomberg News reports that the suit includes 58 alleged violations of state consumer law, racketeering, and false advertising.

Ford said in a statement that all of its vehicles comply with all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations.

Erik Gordon, an expert in entrepreneurship and technology at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, said that if true, the "allegations would expose Ford to the risk of billion-dollar liabilities and punch a hole in its attempts to position itself as a vehicle technology leader".

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. "We will safeguard ourselves against these baseless claims".

As of Wednesday, U.S. regulators had not accused Ford of criminal wrongdoing and Ford spokesman Daniel Barbosa said all of the company's vehicles meet regulations.

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".

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