In a recently filed lawsuit, Super Duty truck owners allege that software installed on at least 500,000 Ford heavy-duty trucks enabled the vehicles to cheat and, subsequently pass emissions tests,according to the L.A. Times. This includes Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty diesel pickup trucks sold from 2011 to 2017. The automaker is denying that the emissions system was manipulated and claimed that "Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices" in a recent statement.
Ford vehicle owners are alleging that both Ford Motor Company and their software supplier, Robert Bosch GmbH, engaged in manufacturing and distributing the trucks to unsuspecting purchasers that concealed the actual Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and particulate emissions on F-Series Super Duty vehicles, which is a violation of the Clean Air Act. The emissions systems of the subject Super Duty trucks had been altered to emit optimum and legally appropriate emissions during testing conditions, but emit up to 50 times the legal limit of greenhouse gases and particulates in real-world driving conditions, according to the allegations.
It is important to note that, last year, Bosch agreed to pay owners of Volkswagen vehicles in the U.S. $327.5 million for illegal emissions-cheating software. The company is also being investigated by German prosecutors over emissions-cheating in Daimler AG vehicles, according to a report by Reuters.
Automakers have long struggled to find a way to utilize the fuel-efficiency and torque that diesel engines can provide while reducing Nitrogen Oxides and particulate matter that this less-refined fuel creates. This is a difficult challenge, which is what makes the installation of "cheat-devices" so tempting to some automakers, experts say, according to an article in Road/Show.
The alleged actions of Ford Motor Company and its supplier, Bosch, represent a serious breach of U.S. consumer trust. If emissions-cheating software was indeed installed on these vehicles as alleged, owners who purchased these vehicles and assumed they would perform as advertised have a right to take legal action against the companies responsible.
As a leader in the automotive industry, Ford should take immediate action to make the situation right with the customers who trusted the company to produce a high-quality vehicle that met state and federal emissions regulations at all times.
When marketed statements and representations of vehicle emissions fail to match the real-world performance of an emissions system, owners suffer the consequences. Purchasers of the Ford F-250, F-350 or F-450 Super Duty diesel lineup may be able to take legal action against the automaker for its alleged deceptive marketing and manufacturing. Our firm has already taken steps to begin individually-based lawsuits on this issue to avoid the eventual class action settlement and to provide each owner with a case they control which cannot be settled without their consent.
If you purchased a Ford F-250, F-350 or F-450 Super Duty diesel pickup truck manufactured from 2011 to 2017, contact us regarding legal action against the automaker for the alleged installation of software designed to cheat emissions tests - and because you were sold a vehicle that did not meet state and federal emissions standards. The attorneys of Stern Law, PLLC are committed to helping individuals who qualify for relief under state and federal law, and we are ready to help you if you purchased a Ford Super Duty truck affected by this issue. Contact us at (844) 808-7529, orfill out a contact form on our website to get advice on your legal options today. For more information on this specific issue, visit our sister site Your Legal Justice to see details on damages, links to the reports and more.
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