Customers sue Ford over alleged emissions cheating

A new customer lawsuit alleges Ford rigged certain Super Duty diesel pickups to cheat on emissions tests.The s...

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 10:15 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 10:15 PM

A new customer lawsuit alleges Ford rigged certain Super Duty diesel pickups to cheat on emissions tests.

The suit accuses Ford and German-based firm Bosch of "knowingly installing emissions-cheating software devices in 2011-2017 Ford 250 and 350 Super Duty diesel pickup trucks," according to a statement from Hagens Berman, the law firm behind the suit. Ford denies the claims.

So far, six customers have signed on to the lawsuit, which will seek class-action status. Hagens Berman said it's received "significant' interest from other potential clients after filing the lawsuit Wednesday.

Hagens Berman is a consumer rights law firm that has 11 offices across the U.S. It's handled similar emissions lawsuits against other automakers including Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes, General Motors and Volkswagen. Bosch, which is accused of developing emissions cheating software, is also named in those cases.

VW made emissions cheating the subject of international scandal in 2015 when the company admitted it rigged millions of diesel cars worldwide to hide their illegal pollution levels. The automaker faced federal prosecution in the U.S. and a hoard of other lawsuits over the wrongdoing. It's cost the company more than $30 billion.

As of Wednesday, U.S. regulators had not accused Ford of criminal wrongdoing.

Related: Germans are falling out of love with their carmakers

The complaint filed Wednesday against Ford claims the company violated 58 state consumer, advertising, trade and federal collusion laws.

It alleges Ford "concealed and suppressed material facts concerning what is evidently the true culture of Ford-one characterized by an emphasis on profits and sales above compliance with federal and state clean air laws and emissions regulations."

Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman said in a statement to CNNMoney that Ford deceived customers while also marketing the vehicles as low polluting.

"Ford's advertising of these Super Duty pickups is littered with over-the-top promotion of fuel economy and so-called 'cleanest ever' power," Berman said. "Ford not only cheated emissions in these trucks, but cheated consumers as well, playing up promises it couldn't keep."

The complaint says Ford charged $8,400 more for diesel versions of its heavy duty trucks, compared with the versions powered by regular gas.

In a statement Wednesday, Ford said its vehicles "do not have defeat devices."

"We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims," the statement reads.

For its part, Bosch said it "takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously."

"It is a well-known fact that these allegations remain the subject of investigations and civil litigation involving Bosch. Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation. As a matter of policy, and due to the sensitive legal nature of these matters, Bosch will not comment further concerning matters under investigation and in litigation," a statement from the firm reads.

--CNNMoney's Charles Riley contributed to this report.

West Lafayette
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 50°
Kokomo
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 50°
Rensselaer
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 45°
Fowler
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 46°
Williamsport
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 47°
Crawfordsville
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 48°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
48° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 45°
Delphi
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 46°
Monticello
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 46°
Logansport
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 46°
Cooler weather is settling in.....
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 117450

Reported Deaths: 3580
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21403766
Lake10618323
Elkhart6667111
St. Joseph6576110
Allen6292203
Hamilton4909109
Vanderburgh371931
Hendricks2747123
Monroe262736
Tippecanoe252313
Johnson2338124
Clark223657
Porter217647
Delaware198562
Cass19549
Vigo184327
Madison168975
LaPorte147441
Floyd138963
Warrick134440
Howard131863
Kosciusko124817
Bartholomew117957
Marshall101224
Dubois99119
Boone98646
Grant93334
Hancock93243
Noble92532
Henry80926
Jackson7689
Wayne76814
Morgan72938
Daviess67728
Shelby67729
Dearborn66528
LaGrange63911
Clinton60914
Harrison58724
Putnam58112
Gibson5305
Knox5259
Lawrence51529
Montgomery51121
DeKalb48711
White48614
Decatur45839
Miami4383
Greene42735
Fayette42313
Jasper3992
Steuben3877
Scott38111
Posey3400
Sullivan33812
Jennings31612
Franklin31125
Ripley3038
Clay3025
Orange28824
Whitley2796
Carroll27713
Adams2743
Wabash2718
Washington2691
Starke2677
Wells2654
Spencer2593
Jefferson2483
Huntington2453
Fulton2412
Tipton22822
Perry22113
Randolph2207
Jay1880
Newton17311
Owen1711
Martin1680
Pike1621
Rush1574
Vermillion1300
Fountain1282
Blackford1203
Pulaski1131
Crawford1080
Brown1043
Parke1032
Benton870
Ohio797
Union790
Switzerland690
Warren401
Unassigned0226

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events