Sauder Schelkopf is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company. It has been reported that Ford “has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles.” It was further reported that Ford said “that in September , a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollution and mileage, prompting the company to hire an outside firm to run tests.” The investigation is allegedly beginning with its 2019 Ford Ranger which currently boasts a best-in-class EPA-estimated 23-miles-per-gallon combined fuel economy. Ford has stated “it has no evidence yet that mileage or pollution numbers are wrong, but the investigation has just started. The company says it’s too early to tell how many and which models might be involved.” The EPA stated that “[t]he investigation is ongoing and the information is too incomplete for EPA to reach any conclusions.” The agency further stated “We take the potential issues seriously and are following up with the company to fully understand the circumstances behind this disclosure.” CNN reported that, the “Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into Ford’s emissions testing practices . . . [t]he investigation centers on the testing procedures Ford used to certify the fuel economy and emissions standards of its vehicles. The company self-reported concerns about its emissions certification process to the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board in February  after employees flagged concerns.” According to CNBC, “Ford has hired outside experts to investigate its vehicle fuel economy and testing procedures after employees raised concerns. . . Ford has been looking into concerns that incorrect mathematical calculations could have impacted mileage and emissions data submitted to regulators.”
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized automotive defect litigation practice with significant experience representing individuals throughout the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and recently secured a $6 million nationwide class action settlement on behalf of purchasers and lessees alleging overstated MPG.
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