Ford 2019 Ranger Trucks False Fuel Efficiency Figures Class Action

When you pay nearly $48,000 for a truck (specifically, a Ford Ranger Lariat), you expect to get the advertised characteristics, including the “best in class” fuel efficiency. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Ford Motor Company used false representations and a cheat device to fake a fuel efficiency the truck does not actually have.

The class for this action is all persons who bought or leased a Ford vehicle whose EPA fuel economy ratings were less than the fuel economy rating produced by the applicable federal test, including the model year 2019 Ford Ranger truck.

The Ford Ranger may not be the only affected vehicle. The complaint says that Ford has admitted that the Ranger should be investigated, but it casts suspicion on the F-150 line of trucks, and possibly other Ford vehicles. The complaint cites two reasons for the deception: “(1) customers choose and pay a premium for fuel efficiency and the resulting savings, and (2) less fuel burned means less emissions, and therefore more profits under the U.S. environmental regulations.”

How did Ford support its deceptions? The complaint alleges, “Ford deliberately misrepresented or miscalculated certain road testing factors… In particular, Ford miscalculated something called ‘Road Load,’ which is the force that is imparted on a vehicle while driving at a constant speed over a smooth, level surface from sources such as tire rolling resistance, driveline losses, and aerodynamic drag.” 

The complaint claims that Ford’s own employees questioned its calculations and practices, but that Ford did not take action. Instead, it advertised the Ranger as “the most fuel efficient gas-powered midsized pickup in America.”

According to the complaint, “scientifically valid testing has revealed that the vehicles … are not as fuel efficient as promised… Further, the vehicles’ promised power, fuel economy and efficiency, and towing capacity [are] obtained only by altering the testing calculations.” The complaint also claims that the vehicles include a cheat device which makes the mileage shown on the trip meter inaccurate and leads drivers to think they are getting better gas mileage than they are.

Ford knew all this, the complaint alleges, but still deceptively marketed the vehicles and did not warn consumers that its figures were false.

The complaint asks for tolling of the statute of limitations. It makes claims for fraud, breach of express warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and violations of a long list of state consumer protection laws, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Ford 2019 Ranger Trucks False Fuel Efficiency Figures Complaint

June 10, 2019

When you pay nearly $48,000 for a truck (specifically, a Ford Ranger Lariat), you expect to get the advertised characteristics, including the “best in class” fuel efficiency. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Ford Motor Company used false representations and a cheat device to fake a fuel efficiency the truck does not actually have.

ford_ranger_fuel_efficientcy_deception_compl.pdf

Case Event History

Ford 2019 Ranger Trucks False Fuel Efficiency Figures Complaint

June 10, 2019

When you pay nearly $48,000 for a truck (specifically, a Ford Ranger Lariat), you expect to get the advertised characteristics, including the “best in class” fuel efficiency. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Ford Motor Company used false representations and a cheat device to fake a fuel efficiency the truck does not actually have.

ford_ranger_fuel_efficientcy_deception_compl.pdf
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Defective Automobile, False Mileage or Emissions Figures