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In another instance of, "How is this still happening?" Ford is being accused of conspiring with Bosch to make cheat-y diesels for the US market.
The class-action lawsuit brought by F-250 and F-350 owners alleges that Ford and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH worked together to mask the nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions of F-Series Super Duty diesels built between 2011 and 2017, in violation of the Clean Air Act. The suit goes on to claim that Bosch software allowed Ford to alter engine parameters to help achieve optimum emissions during EPA testing, but in the real world, the engines produced more power with less fuel while emitting over 50 times the legal limit of greenhouse gases and particulate matter.
Class-action - Lawsuit - Ford - F-250 - F-350
The class-action lawsuit alleges that 2011-2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesels were equipped with software from Bosch that allowed the engine's emission control devices to be defeated.
If this sounds familiar, it should. It's essentially the same trick that Volkswagen admitted it pulled on 500,000 TDI models, which led to $24 billion in fines. The alleged Ford cheating is also on that scale, and this kind of lawsuit definitely does not bode well for the Blue Oval on the eve of the launch of a diesel-powered F-150.
Lawsuit - Bloomberg - Ford - Bosch - Violations
The lawsuit, announced by Bloomberg, accuses Ford and Bosch of 58 violations of state consumer law, false advertising and racketeering. It should be noted that Ford isn't alone in being accused of diesel cheating. Both General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have been the target of similar allegations, though they aren't named in this particular suit.
"Bosch 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," said Alissa Cleland, spokesperson for Robert Bosch LLC, in a statement to...
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