Ford Rangers and F-150s False Fuel Mileage Calculation Class Action

Ford Motor Company has been sued for making false mileage claims for some of its vehicles. This class action alleges that both certain Ford Rangers and certain F-150s do not get the mileage that Ford advertised for them because, the complaint claims, Ford cheated on its testing.

The class for this action is all persons who bought or leased a Ford vehicle for which the published EPA fuel economy ratings, as printed on the vehicles’ window sticker, were more than the fuel economy rating produced by a properly conducted applicable federal mileage test. The vehicles in the class include, but are not limited to, the model year 2019-2020 Ford Ranger and the 2018-2020 Ford F-150.

The complaint alleges that Ford cheated on its coastdown tests. The complaint claims, “Coastdown testing tells a manufacturer how much rolling resistance and drag a vehicle has so that when a vehicle is testing on a dynamometer, the manufacturer knows how much drag and rolling resistance to apply to the vehicle to simulate the road.” The coastdown tests deliver a figure called “road load” that must be applied for tests that are not conducted on an actual road.

The testing is used to determine the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings for how much mileage a vehicle gets per gallon of gas. These ratings, indicating both city and highway mileage, are posted on the window stickers of every new vehicle sold, and they matter to customers who are looking for a vehicle. The complaint alleges that Ford wanted to be able to advertise its vehicles as Best in Class for fuel economy.

The window sticker for a 2018 Ford F-150 V6 shows Ford’s reported mileage of 20 city, 26 highway, and 22 combined. The vehicles have since been tested according to the mandated coastdown procedures. The complaint reports the discrepancy this way: “The real highway fuel number is 22.7 MPG compared to the 26.6 reported by Ford to the EPA. For city driving it is 17.8 MPG compared to 19.6 reported to the EPA. Thus, the highway difference is 15% and the city difference 10%.”

This amount adds up. According to the complaint, “Assuming the lifetime of a truck is 150,000 miles, at the real city miles per gallon rates, city driving would consume an extra 821 gallons over the lifetime of the truck. The highway extra fuel … is 968 gallons.” And it matters, the complaint adds: “[M]anufacturers fight for every 1/10th of a difference in miles per gallon both to attract customers and to earn credits under the applicable environmental emissions regulations.”

The complaint claims that Ford employees “question[ed] its testing practices and the calculations that Ford was utilizing for fuel economy ratings…”

The counts include breaches of warranties, fraudulent concealment, and negligent misrepresentation, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

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Ford Rangers and F-150s False Fuel Mileage Calculation Complaint

August 21, 2020

Ford Motor Company has been sued for making false mileage claims for some of its vehicles. This class action alleges that both certain Ford Rangers and certain F-150s do not get the mileage that Ford advertised for them because, the complaint claims, Ford cheated on its testing.

Ford Rangers and F-150s False Fuel Mileage Calculation Complaint

Case Event History

Ford Rangers and F-150s False Fuel Mileage Calculation Complaint

August 21, 2020

Ford Motor Company has been sued for making false mileage claims for some of its vehicles. This class action alleges that both certain Ford Rangers and certain F-150s do not get the mileage that Ford advertised for them because, the complaint claims, Ford cheated on its testing.

Ford Rangers and F-150s False Fuel Mileage Calculation Complaint
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