Ford faces lawsuits from truck owners over diesel cheating

Andrew Cummings
January 12, 2018

Ford fans have been asking for a fuel efficient diesel offering in the smaller, lighter, F-150 truck for a while now and Ford will now offer just such a truck in the 2018 model year.

Ford is coming under fire for alleged emissions test cheating, with the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks the targets of a lawsuit from a group of owners.

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. Owners are seeking damages for what they say are 58 'violations of state consumer law, false advertising and racketeering'.

It adding that "Ford did not act alone", but colluded with Bosch in an organised scheme to evade emissions requirements, for sake of profit.

"The vehicle's own on-board diagnostic software indicates emissions control system to be operating as Ford intended, even though its real world performance grossly exceeds the standard", said attorney Steve Berman, a managing partner at Hagens Berman, which is the firm that filed the complaint.

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

A law firm that has carved out a reputation for aggressively pursuing automakers over diesel emissions has found a new target: Ford's heavy-duty pickups.

The diesel versions of the F 250, and F350 Super Duty could cost as much as $8,000 more than their gasoline versions.

Ford is pushing back against the claims.

For those that tow their show or race cars the Ford F-Series Super Duty with Power Stroke diesel has been the go to hauler for decades.

Ford starts taking orders for trucks with the new engine mid-January with deliveries beginning this spring.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors and Mercedes have all been accused of diesel emissions cheating, although the rash of allegations began with the case against Volkswagen.

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