Ford False Fuel Efficiency Figures for 2017-2019 Vehicles Class Action

How did Ford come up with the fuel mileage figures for its 2017 to 2019 Ford Rangers? The complaint for this class action claims the company made false calculations that overstate the truck’s fuel efficiency, and that the company may have done the same thing with its F-150 line of trucks and/or other of its vehicles.

Three classes have been proposed for this action. The Nationwide Class is all persons or entities in the US who bought or leased model year 2017 to 2019 Ford vehicles that were marketed and sold with false fuel-economy ratings. An Oregon State Class and a Pennsylvania State Class have also been proposed, for buyers or lessors located in those states.

 “Ford cheated on the fuel economy calculations…” the complaint says flatly in its first paragraph. The complaint claims that “the proprietary investigation of counsel and testing by Plaintiff’s experts” shows that “the fuel economy reported on the Monroney stickers at the point of sale of Class Vehicles has been overstated.”

How was the alleged cheating done? Tests are done with a “dynamometer” that simulates driving by putting a vehicle’s wheels on rollers, as if it were on a treadmill. To simulate real-world driving, a calculation of “road load” must be applied. Road load stands in for the various forces against the vehicle as it drives, including aerodynamic drag, friction, and tire-related losses. The road load calculations applied in the testing must meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. 

The complaint alleges that Ford did not make proper road load calculations but manipulated them to get higher fuel efficiency figures. Furthermore, the complaint says that Ford misrepresented the road load specs a second time when it obtained a Certification of Conformity (COC). The COC is meant to ensure that the tested vehicles are identical with those that will be sold. 

Ford then went on to market Rangers as being fuel-efficient, declaring the 2019 Ranger as “the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America.” Fuel economy ratings matter to buyers, and a falsification of those numbers can directly lead people to choose the vehicle of a dishonest company over that of another.

The complaint claims that buyers of the Rangers and other vehicles with false fuel economy ratings have lost in a number of ways. First, they did not get the vehicle advertised, but one with lower fuel efficiency. Second, they have had to fill up the tank more often than they expected, so that they have spent more on gas than expected. Third, the vehicles are diminishing in value as Ford’s machinations have come to light and as the fuel ratings must be lowered.

Among the counts set forth by the complaint are breaches of warranties.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Ford False Fuel Efficiency Figures for 2017-2019 Vehicles Complaint

June 10, 2019

How did Ford come up with the fuel mileage figures for its 2017 to 2019 Ford Rangers? The complaint for this class action claims the company made false calculations that overstate the truck’s fuel efficiency, and that the company may have done the same thing with its F-150 line of trucks and/or other of its vehicles.

ford_ranger_fuel_efficientcy_deception_compl.pdf

Case Event History

Ford False Fuel Efficiency Figures for 2017-2019 Vehicles Complaint

June 10, 2019

How did Ford come up with the fuel mileage figures for its 2017 to 2019 Ford Rangers? The complaint for this class action claims the company made false calculations that overstate the truck’s fuel efficiency, and that the company may have done the same thing with its F-150 line of trucks and/or other of its vehicles.

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