Could involve as many as 500,000 pickup trucks
Volkswagen may be the brand synonymous with diesel emissions cheating, but it’s far from the only automaker that’s been accused of dodging emissions regulations. From FCA to Opel, inconsistencies have been found in quite a few automakers’ diesel engines. The latest automaker to potentially get caught cheating? Ford.
Bloomberg reports a proposed class action lawsuit that claims Ford programmed about a half-million of its heavy duty pickup trucks to cheat emissions is gaining steam after a complaint was filed in Detroit federal court. It includes the diesel versions of the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty sold between 2011 and 2017 and claims nitrogen-oxide emissions were as much as 50 times the legal limit.
“The vehicle’s own on-board diagnostic software indicates emission control system to be operating as Ford intended, even though its real world performance grossly exceeds the standard,” attorney Steve Berman, a managing partner at Hagens Berman, the firm that filed the suit, said in the complaint.
When asked for comment, Ford’s spokesperson replied with the company’s official statement: “All Ford vehicles, including those with diesel engines, comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations. Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices. We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”
This lawsuit comes only days after Ford announced plans to introduce a diesel engine in the F-150. Achieving or beating the stated target of 30 mpg highway would be great for Ford’s publicity, but it’s also possible that this lawsuit and potential government interference could complicate that plan.