Ford Ranger, Other Models False Mileage and Emissions Class Action

This class action makes allegations an of American car maker cheating on fuel efficiency, including both mileage and emissions. It brings suit against Ford for false mileage figures in certain vehicles and suggests the possible use of a mileage cheat device.

The definition of the class for this action has one glaring omission: a limitation on the vehicles included. The class is defined as 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 but not limited to the model year 2019 Ford Ranger truck. The complaint suggests that the F-150 series of trucks may also be involved and possibly “any and all other Ford vehicles.”

Ford promised greater fuel efficiency with the 2019 Ford Ranger. The complaint quotes it as saying, “The adventure-ready 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient gas powered midsize pickup in America—providing a superior EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating and an unsurpassed EPA-estimated combined fuel economy versus the competition.” It promised an estimated “21mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for 4×2 trucks.”

However, the complaint says that these figures were “deceptive and false[.]” It claims that “Ford miscalculated factors during internal vehicle testing … discounting common real-world driving conditions.”

What did Ford actually do? The complaint claims the company cheated on its “Coast Down” testing and “Road Load” calculations.

The Coast Down test “measures the forces working against the vehicle” by getting it up to speed, then shifting to neutral and allowing it to coast, as it is slowed by wind resistance, the rolling resistance of the tires, and other forces.

The Road Load calculation “is a measure of those forces, defined as the force that is imparted on a vehicle while driving at constant speed over a smooth, level surface from sources such as tire rolling resistance, driveline losses, and aerodynamic drag.” The complaint alleges, “Ford’s internal lab tests did not account for these forces” and therefore produced inaccurate fuel economy figures. 

The complaint also alleges that the emissions figures for the vehicles are similarly wrong. The complaint notes as well, “The undersigned has also brought suit against Ford for its cheating on emissions in more than 500,000 of its heavy-duty diesel trucks…” Ford is now under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice “for its emissions certification practices.”

Ford employees questioned the practices, and blogger Andre Smirnov of TheFastLaneTruck.com made some tests on his own. The discrepancies between the figures he got and those promoted by Ford were substantial. Car and Driver tested the 2019 F-150 and also discovered discrepancies with Ford’s figures.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Ford Ranger, Other Models False Mileage and Emissions Complaint

May 6, 2019

This class action makes allegations an of American car maker cheating on fuel efficiency, including both mileage and emissions. It brings suit against Ford for false mileage figures in certain vehicles and suggests the possible use of a mileage cheat device.

ford_fuel_efficiency_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Ford Ranger, Other Models False Mileage and Emissions Complaint

May 6, 2019

This class action makes allegations an of American car maker cheating on fuel efficiency, including both mileage and emissions. It brings suit against Ford for false mileage figures in certain vehicles and suggests the possible use of a mileage cheat device.

ford_fuel_efficiency_complaint.pdf
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, EPA Standards, False Mileage or Emissions Figures