Ford Denies Truck Owners' Claims of Diesel Cheating

Lloyd Doyle
January 12, 2018

The software was allegedly developed and supplied to Ford by Bosch.

More specifically, the suit alleges Ford and Bosch put so-called "defeat devices" in some of Ford's Super Duty diesel trucks, which the suit says allows the vehicles to pollute at "up to 50 times legal limits".

In 2017, Bosch agreed to pay $327.5 million to US owners of Volkswagen AG vehicles for its part in setting up illegal emissions-cheating software.

In the tests Ford carried out on the F-250 and F-350 vehicles, "emissions are consistently as high as five times the standard", the lawsuit stated, quipping that the trucks must bear the moniker "Super Dirty".

Ford also advertised the trucks as the "cleanest Super Diesel ever", and also added, "proven technology and innovative Ford strategies to meet the latest federal emissions standards".

The lawsuit is claiming that Ford sold consumers trucks that seemed environmentally more efficient than other models, when in reality, the automotive manufacturer was manipulating the emissions system to obtain a better performance.

Ford robustly rejected the allegations.

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.

Prosecutors in Stuttgart, where Bosch is based, said they started at the end of December to investigate unidentified staff at Bosch, which makes emission-control devices and software, confirming a report by Wirtschaftswoche earlier on Thursday.

In a separate written statement, a Bosch spokesperson told Bloomberg, "Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously. 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".

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