Ford 'sued by truck owners in US' over diesel emissions

James Marshall
January 13, 2018

The latest carmaker to land in the diesel hot seat is Ford, who is facing a class-action lawsuit over the engines in its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups.

There's another company mentioned in the lawsuit accusing Ford of cheating emissions standards. As a result, consumers paid a US$8,400 premium (compared to its gasoline equivalent) for a diesel truck that is, in fact, emitting illegal levels of deadly NOx emissions. The suit further says that the diesel Super Duty trucks cost $8,400 more than their gasoline counterparts.

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".

Prosecutors in Stuttgart, where Bosch is based, said they started at the end of December to investigate unidentified staff at Bosch, which makes emission-control devices and software, confirming a report by Wirtschaftswoche earlier on Thursday.

Ford stated that all of its vehicles abide by all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions regulations.

According to legal firm Hagens Berman's investigation, Ford manipulated the emissions system in affected F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks, in violation of federal requirements.

Bloomberg says the lawyer representing the victims is calling these Super Dutys "Super Dirty" and claims they are pumping out emissions as high as 50 times the legal limit for specific pollutants.

The firm believes that Ford lied about tests in order to increase its sales and profits.

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