Ford Denies Truck Owners' Claims of Diesel Cheating

Ford Denies Truck Owners' Claims of Diesel Cheating

Another day, another claim of diesel engines not meeting federal emission standards.

Ford truck owners filed a lawsuit against the auto company Wednesday claiming it rigged thousands of trucks to beat emissions tests.

Ford Motor Co. installed software that enabled its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to cheat at passing federal emissions tests, according to a lawsuit by truck owners filed on Wednesday, a claim the No. 2 USA automaker described as "baseless". The software was allegedly developed and supplied to Ford by Bosch.

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.

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

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The complaint alleges that Hagens Berman's independent testing showed the affected Super Duty trucks "emit levels of [nitrogen oxide (NOx)] many times higher than (i) their gasoline counterparts, (ii) what a reasonable consumer would expect, (iii) what Ford had advertised, (iv) the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum standards, and (v) the levels set for the vehicles to obtain a certificate of compliance that allows them to be sold in the United States".

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.

"Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices", the company said. "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims".

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".

"Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously", Bosch spokesman Rene Ziegler said.

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