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. The lawsuit also names automotive parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH as a defendant, and both companies have denied the allegations.
Any persons or businesses in Canada who bought or leased one of the specified trucks can contact Siskinds LLP or Sotos LLP.
Ford truck owners filed a lawsuit against the auto company Wednesday claiming it rigged thousands of trucks to beat emissions tests.
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Hagens Berman has handled similar cases against Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes, General Motors and Volkswagen, whose lawsuit also named Bosch.
"Ford's advertising of these Super Duty pickups is littered with over-the-top promotion of fuel economy and so-called "cleanest ever" power", Berman said. "Ford omitted to disclose that with "best-in-class towing" came with a byproduct of high NOx emissions, sometimes exceeding legal standards by 30 to 50 times".
Erik Gordon, a specialist in entrepreneurship and technology at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, stated that if real, the "allegations would expose Ford to the threat of billion-dollar liabilities and punch a hole in its efforts to place itself as an automobile technology leader". "We will safeguard ourselves against these baseless claims".
Bosch noted the "sensitive legal nature of these matters" in its response to a request for comment.
In a statement Wednesday, Bosch said allegations against the company "remain the subject of investigations and civil litigation" and it takes allegations of diesel software manipulation "very seriously". Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation. The full report is available here.