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Legal Options: Super Duty Emissions Claims

The following is a summary of the pending case against Ford Motor Company regarding the alleged cheat devices installed on their Super Duty trucks, intended to circumvent emissions standards. For more information regarding the Super Duty emissions claims we are helping thousands of owners pursue by filing an individual claim outside of the pending class action case, please fill out our online contact form or complete the online intake portal available here.

 

Claim Subject: Super Duty Emissions Cheat Devices
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Included Models: 2011-17 F250, F350 and F450 Super Duty diesel vehicles

 

Summary:
Ford Motor Company has been sued by a class action law firm for the claimed use of cheat devices in their large diesel trucks. This Super Duty emissions case  is directed at the  2011-17 F250, F350 and F450 diesel trucks, which the class action lawyers charge utilized programming to conceal that these vehicles released far more Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) than legally permitted under federal regulations, while misrepresenting to purchasers that the trucks were  compliant with governmental regulations when they were not.  That class action case involving the claimed emissions violations in Ford’s Super Duty trucks has been ongoing since January 2018.

 

Concerns for Ford Super Duty Owners:

– Though Ford has denied any wrongdoing, the Court has rejected multiple attempts by Ford seeking to dismiss the action since it was filed in 2018

– The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Ford

– Despite multiple unsuccessful attempts by Ford to secure a dismissal, the case has only expanded to now include F450 vehicles

– Class action cases and governmental investigations involving emissions cheat devices have commonly required modifications to the vehicles to correct or undo the damage caused by the cheat device. These so-called “fixes” or attempts to undo the harm caused by the cheat device, sometimes involving an emissions software update, have, historically, resulted in reduced performance after software updates are installed, including, but not limited to,
–  decreased fuel economy (MPGs)
–  acceleration issues, decreases in power and towing capacity
–  inconsistent engine performance, starting issues
–  time-consuming repairs related to unexpected wear/deterioration of vehicle parts due to the emissions software update
–  costs of repairs the manufacturer refuses to cover which are related to an emissions software update
–  decreased resale value due to consumer and reseller concerns about the truck’s long-term value and any/all performance impacts caused by the emissions software update

– Class action lawsuits, especially those involving cars and trucks, generally include all current and former owners of the vehicles involved, who then become subject to the terms of the class action settlement unless they opt-out in order to pursue an individual claim outside of the class action for all the damages they may be legally entitled to recover. A failure to timely opt out is usually interpreted by the Court as an indication that the owner or former owner of the vehicle has agreed to accept and remain subject to the terms of the class action settlement.

– By failing to timely opt out of the class action settlement, owners and former owners can no longer pursue an individual claim for all the damages they may be legally entitled to receive.

 

Potential Consequences:
Stern Law has significant concern that a class action settlement, based upon a governmental finding that the 2011-17 F250, F350 and F450 Super Duty trucks violated emissions standards, may fail to properly compensate those affected by the scandal. By opting out of the eventual class action settlement, owners can pursue an individual claim to recover all the damages they are legally entitled to receive.

 

Next Steps:
Stern Law is now accepting claims from current and former owners of 2011-17 F250, F350 and F450 Super Duty trucks, concerned about how alleged violations of emissions standards will affect their vehicle performance and value. The purchase of a truck as expensive as Ford’s Super Duty vehicles represents a considerable investment, making it critical that current and former owners do not find themselves automatically included in a class action settlement that does not meet their individual needs. Our firm is not a class action law firm; the class action lawsuit alleging the use of cheat devices in Ford’s Super Duty trucks is not our case. Instead, our firm is helping current and former owners of these trucks file individual Super Duty emissions claims outside of the class action.

 

For more information on filing an individual Super Duty emissions claim with our firm, please call us at (844) 808-7529 or visit SuperDutyClaim.com.

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