Ford Emissions Suit Codefendant Has Been Down This Road Before

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This is what is spelled out in a new class action suit brought yesterday by Siskinds LLP and Sotos LLP against the American auto giant and against equipment manufacturer Bosch.

"The vehicle's own on-board diagnostic software indicates emission control system to be operating as Ford intended, even though its real world performance grossly exceeds the standard", attorney Steve Berman of Hagens Berman said in the complaint. The lawsuit is naming both Ford and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany as defendants.

Any persons or businesses in Canada who bought or leased one of the specified trucks can contact Siskinds LLP or Sotos LLP.

The law firm representing the owners, Hagens Berman, has launched lawsuits in the a year ago against General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV as well as engine maker Cummins Inc, making similar allegations. will be keeping you up to date on new developments. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles have all faced similar litigation over diesel emissions.

"The lawsuit said the trucks at issue represent a profitable and key part of the Dearborn automaker's offerings, noting that it charges about "$8,400 for diesel-equipped vehicles over comparable gasoline Super Duty trucks".

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The complaint alleges that Hagens Berman's independent testing showed the affected Super Duty trucks "emit levels of [nitrogen oxide (NOx)] many times higher than (i) their gasoline counterparts, (ii) what a reasonable consumer would expect, (iii) what Ford had advertised, (iv) the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum standards, and (v) the levels set for the vehicles to obtain a certificate of compliance that allows them to be sold in the United States".

Reuters is reporting that Ford considers the accusation to be false, stating there are no defeat devices in its Power Stroke diesel engines. "We will safeguard ourselves against these baseless claims".

"Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously", Bosch spokesman Rene Ziegler said.

Bosch noted the "sensitive legal nature of these matters" in its response to a request for comment. "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.

According to Bloomberg, the lawsuit covers at least 500,000 Ford trucks.

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