Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Ford Accused Of Emissions Cheating Over Diesel Super Duty Trucks

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Nellie Chapman | 11 January, 2018, 12:21

Ford Motor Company is now facing a class-action lawsuit from customers who feel entitled to some sort of recompense from the automaker.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Ford is being sued by F-250 and F-350 Super Duty owners, as they claim the trucks are putting a lot more harmful contaminants in the air than the pickups are supposed to.

A United States lawsuit brought by North American customers alleges Ford rigged certain F Series Super Duty diesel utes to cheat emissions tests.

"Ford's advertising of these Super Duty pickups is littered with over-the-top promotion of fuel economy and so-called "cleanest ever" power", Berman said.

The new 2018 F-150 Power Stroke diesel features a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity along with 2,020 pounds of payload capacity.

Consumers hit Ford Motor Co. and Robert Bosch GMbH with a putative class action in MI federal court Wednesday, claiming the companies rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to cheat emissions tests while advertising them as having the "cleanest super diesel ever". Bosch has also been named as a defendant.

The suit comes just days after Ford announced details for its upcoming F-150 diesel and is the latest in a string of accusations following VW's massive diesel emissions scandal in late 2015. The law firm alleges that the trucks pollute "at levels up to 50 times legal limits". A common-rail fuel injection system precisely optimises performance and fuel-efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000psi (2,000bar) fuel injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

In 2011, Ford embarked on a marketing campaign that promised "class leading fuel economy and towing capacity" tested more rigorously than its competitors.

"It is not plausible, given [Ford's] "groundbreaking" testing, that Ford and Bosch did not know that emissions controls do not work when the vehicle is operating in normal stop-and-go conditions, running under heavier loads, and going up modest to steep grades", Berman says. "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims".

Ford denied the allegations. The German automaker ultimately agreed to pay $24.5 billion in penalties and make a coordinated effort to fix or remove more than 500,000 diesel-cheating vehicles.