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Pickup Trucks: Ford Sued for Alleged Diesel Emissions Cheating

Ford is being accused of installing emissions-defeat software in 2011-17 Ford Super Duty pickup trucks that allows the vehicles to emit illegal levels of nitrogen oxide and still pass emissions tests. Those accusations have resulted in a lawsuit being filed by the law firm Hagens Berman on behalf of Super Duty owners.

Reuters is reportingthat Ford considers the accusation to be false, stating there are no defeat devices in its Power Stroke diesel engines.

The same law firm sued GM, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Cummins Inc. for similar reasons since the discovery of the such defeat devices in certain diesel-equipped Volkswagen vehicles.

The suit — filed in the Eastern District of Michigan — 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.

When asked for a comment, Ford told us via email: "All Ford vehicles, including those with diesel engines, comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB [California Air Resources Board] emissions regulations. Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices. We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims."

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