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 suit further alleges that Ford deceived consumers in calling its diesel Super Duty trucks "fuel efficient" and that, without manipulating its software to turn off emissions controls, Ford could not have achieved the fuel economy it promised.More news: North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site showing 'significant tunneling' activity
This case, filed by a group of Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty owners, alleges Ford cheated on emission tests of the diesel engines because they pollute much more than the tests certify.
"The lawsuit said the trucks at issue represent a profitable and key part of the Dearborn automaker's offerings, noting that it charges about "$8,400 for diesel-equipped vehicles over comparable gasoline Super Duty trucks".More news: Manufacturing Activity Expands in December, New Orders Index Nears 70%
Erik Gordon, a specialist in entrepreneurship and technology at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, stated that if real, the "allegations would expose Ford to the threat of billion-dollar liabilities and punch a hole in its efforts to place itself as an automobile technology leader". The complaint details allegations that Ford and Bosch crafted software that treats real-world applications differently than tests conducted by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims".
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman. The firm claims its independent testing revealed twice the legal limits of emissions released during normal driving.More news: U.S. updates threat assessment for Pakistan, other countries
Ford is holding firm that it has done nothing wrong.