US Firm Sues Ford over Cheating Emission Tests

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Ford Motor Co. installed software that enabled its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to cheat at passing federal emissions tests, according to a lawsuit by truck owners filed on Wednesday, a claim the No. 2 USA automaker described as "baseless".

Ford truck owners filed a lawsuit against the auto company Wednesday claiming it rigged thousands of trucks to beat emissions tests.

The suit - filed in the Eastern District of MI - also names the Robert Bosch company (the manufacturer of the high-pressure injection system and controlling software in the Ford turbo-diesel 6.7-liter V-8) in the suit; however, only F-250 and F-350 models are named even though the engine is available other vehicles.

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Ford said in a statement that all of its vehicles comply with all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations. "We will safeguard ourselves against these baseless claims".

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

Ford is alleged to have rigged its heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, according to a a lawsuit from a legal firm representing USA drivers. The accusations against Ford follow in the wake of similar complaints made against Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Renault, Nissan, Fiat and others that have been accused of misleading consumers in regards to emissions test results for their vehicles.

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The lawsuit claims, "Ford advertised these vehicles as "best-in-class towing capabilities" and expected Super Duty trucks to pull significant loads".

Ford shares closed down 0.4 percent at $13.03. "As a matter of policy, and due to the sensitive legal nature of these matters, Bosch will not comment further concerning matters under investigation and in litigation".

In a statement Wednesday, Bosch stated accusations against the company "remain the subject of investigations and civil litigation" and it takes accusations of diesel software application adjustment "very seriously". The full report is available here.

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