Ford the Latest Automaker Accused of Cheating

Ford the Latest Automaker Accused of Cheating

Ford the Latest Automaker Accused of Cheating

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

Ford is alleged to have rigged its heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, according to a a lawsuit from a legal firm representing U.S. drivers.

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.

The Stuttgart prosecutors launched an investigation over Bosch's emissions dealings with Volkswagen (VW) in 2015 when VW's diesel test-cheating scandal in the United States broke, and in 2017 in relation to alleged emissions irregularities at Daimler.

Hagens Berman, which played a part in previous emissions lawsuits against other automakers, claims it conducted independent testing of the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel trucks and found emissions of harmful pollutants up to 50 times higher than legal emissions standards. Although the complaint says that Ford and tech partner Bosch worked in tandem to create a system that would hide the real-life emissions in order to maintain the performance promised to vehicle users.

On Wednesday, Bosch said it took "very seriously" allegations of diesel software manipulation by Ford Motor Co raised by a USA law firm which named the components maker as a defendant in a lawsuit.

The suit alleges that Ford equipped the vehicles listed with software that allowed for giving false results during emissions testing and thus circumventing regulations. Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation.