The Ford Motor Co. and Robert Bosch GMbH are facing a class action lawsuit over allegations of emissions cheating on select Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty diesel models. The lawsuit – filed in Michigan federal court – alleges that at least 500,000 Ford Super Duty diesel trucks were equipped by Ford and Bosch with software defeat devices that were designed to conceal the high emissions levels of these vehicles.
According to the class action complaint, the emissions cheating software was installed by Ford and Bosch on Ford F-250 Super Duty, Ford F-350 Super Duty, and Ford F-450 Super Duty models with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. The software was designed to disable the emissions control system when the vehicles were driven under normal conditions, causing them to emit pollution levels 50-times greater than what is allowed under federal law.
During this period, Ford marketed its Super Duty diesel trucks as helping to reduce nitrous oxide emissions by up to 80%. However, tests performed on the affected vehicles painted a far different picture regarding their pollution levels. Emissions tests performed on the affected truck models found that they release average emissions that are 2.4-times the federal maximum. When the trucks are being driven uphill, they can release emissions that are up to 50-times the federal limit.
By equipping the F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty trucks with the defeat device, the lawsuit alleges that Ford and Bosch violated the U.S. Clean Air Act. The lawsuit also accuses Ford and Bosch of violating consumer protection and false advertising law in nearly all 50 states, as well as violations of federal racketeering laws. The lawsuit is seeking class action status of these federal RICO violations on behalf of drivers who purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles.
According to the lawsuit, consumers who purchased or leased one of the affected Ford truck models paid about $8,400 more for these vehicles than they would have for their gas-powered alternatives. The lawsuit argues that consumers would not have paid more for the advertised performance and fuel-efficiency of the affected Super Duty trucks if they had known about Ford and Bosch’s alleged emissions cheating.
When real-world performance does not meet the specifications advertised by the company, consumers are the ones who suffer. Persons who bought a Ford F-250, F-350 or F-450 Super Duty diesel pickup may be eligible to take legal action against the automaker for its deception and sub-par product. Our firm has already taken steps to begin individually-based lawsuits on this issue to avoid the non-specificity in class action settlements and provide each owner their day in court.
he first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who has the experience in emissions cheating litigation to advise you of your legal rights and walk you through the first steps of filing a case. If you purchased a Ford F-250, F-350 or F-450 Super Duty truck with a 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel engine and manufactured from 2011 to 2017, contact us regarding taking legal action against the automaker for their alleged installing of software designed to beat emissions tests and selling you a vehicle that does not meet state and federal emissions standards. Duck Law Firm is committed to helping individuals who qualify for relief under state lemon laws, and we are ready to help you if you purchased a Ford Super Duty truck that is affected by this issue. Contact us at (877) 902-1144 or fill out a contact form on our website to get advice on your legal options today.