A new class-action lawsuit accuses Ford Motor Co. of knowingly installing emissions-cheating software devices in model-years 2011-2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickup trucks, akin to the devices at the center of Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, according to law firm Hagens Berman.
"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 of Hagens Berman said in the complaint. Another automaker, Volkswagen, admitted to skirting emissions standards in 2015 - and Bosch was involved in that scandal, too.
Reuters is reporting that Ford considers the accusation to be false, stating there are no defeat devices in its Power Stroke diesel engines.
Ford is alleged to have rigged its heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, according to a a lawsuit from a legal firm representing USA drivers.
The law firms are working in collaboration with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, an important company in the field of class actions in the United States, which has simultaneously brought a similar suit in the name of affected American buyers and lessees. "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".
The lawsuit, submitted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI, also named German auto provider Robert Bosch GmbH as an offender. "Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices".
An EPA spokeswoman did not immediately comment on the lawsuit against Ford.
"Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously", Bosch spokesman Rene Ziegler said.
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