Dieselgate Hits Ford: Lawsuit Says Super Duty Trucks "Super Dirty"

Class Action Did Ford Also Tamper with Emissions Tests

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This time the Dieselgate crosshairs are leveled at Ford, courtesy of a lawsuit filed yesterday from disgruntled F-250 and F-350 Super Duty owners who allege their trucks emit far more nasty bits into the air than advertised.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman.

The lawsuit against Ford, which also names the supplier Bosch as a defendant, said Ford installed "defeat devices" on about a half million 2011-17 Super Duty diesels.

The suit - filed in the Eastern District of MI - 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.

Bosch was accused of helping design Volkswagen's defeat device software. "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims".

German prosecutors said on Thursday they had launched another probe into Robert Bosch GmbH over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating - this time in relation to its work with Volkswagen's premium carmaker Audi.

At least six Ford customers have signed on to the lawsuit, which will seek class-action status, and Hagens Berman said it's received "significant" interest from other potential clients.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI, also named German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH as a defendant.

"Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously".

Ford shares closed down 0.4 percent at $13.03. Although the complaint says that Ford and tech partner Bosch worked in tandem to create a system that would hide the real-life emissions in order to maintain the performance promised to vehicle users.

Bosch noted the "sensitive legal nature of these matters" in its response to a request for comment. The full report is available here.

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