Ford Emissions Suit Codefendant Has Been Down This Road Before

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

The latest carmaker to land in the diesel hot seat is Ford, who is facing a class-action lawsuit over the engines in its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups.

The company is Bosch, a German engineering and electronics company that supplies parts for automakers around the globe.

The law firm representing the owners, Hagens Berman, has launched lawsuits in 2017 against General Motors and Fiat Chrysler in addition to engine maker Cummins Inc, making similar accusations. A class action lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges the company colluded with Ford to cheat emissions tests.

Bosch is also named as a defendant in the case, and vehemently denies wrongdoing, but says it won't comment further as it sorts out the pending allegations. "In my opinion, based on our testing where under real-world conditions these trucks are 30 to 50 times the standard, Ford should have called these "Super Dirty" not 'Super Duty'".

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The lawsuit claims Ford manipulated the emissions system in infraction of federal requirements and the affected trucks released two times the legal limits of emissions during regular driving.

Meanwhile, Ford and Bosch have denied the allegations.

The suit alleges that Ford equipped the vehicles listed with software that allowed for giving false results during emissions testing and thus circumventing regulations. "We will safeguard ourselves against these baseless claims".

"Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously. Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation", according to a statement from company spokeswoman Alissa Cleland.

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