Overview

Ford has misrepresented or miscalculated road-testing data in order to report that the 2019 Ford Ranger was more fuel efficient than it actually was. Ford used these faulty calculations to market the 2019 Ranger truck to consumers and then took no action to alert consumers that they were not given what they were promised in fuel economy or emissions. You may have a claim against Ford if you have purchased or leased a 2019 Ford Ranger. Contact FDAzar Immediately at 1-855-420-5606 or email us at defectivecar@fdazar.com for a Free Consultation.

Ford Motors employees have reported that the Company’s computer models and calculations used for testing fuel economy and emissions certifications are flawed. Ford stated that it had identified the problems in the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck and has been investigating the issues.

In order to sell more trucks to consumers, Ford had marketed the 2019 Ranger as the “most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America.” These claims of fuel efficiency and low emissions have been challenged by both U.S. regulators and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”).

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) made the following statement: “We take the potential issues seriously and are following up with the company to fully understand the circumstances behind this disclosure.”

The DOJ also opened its own investigation into Ford’s emissions certification process. The criminal investigation will focus on whether Ford attempted to skirt the emissions standards by sending incorrect vehicle mileage and emissions data to regulators.

This is not the first time consumers have been misled by automakers into believing that they were purchasing a low emission and fuel efficient vehicle.

  • In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in about 635,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2008. Volkswagen either bought back or repaired these vehicles, and—in addition to paying billions of dollars in fines—offered payments to owners ranging from $5,100 to $9,900.
  • Discrepancies as high as 20 percent between stated and real-world fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Ford Fusion and C-Max hybrids caused Ford to adjust its estimates. Ford also restated fuel economy results for several other models from 2013 and 2014, dropping Lincoln MKZ’s combined mileage estimate from 45 mpg to 38 mpg. Owners of affected vehicles were paid between $125 and $1,050.
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced in January 2019 that it would pay $800 million to settle claims that Ram pickup trucks and Jeep SUVs with diesel engines cheated on emissions tests. Owners will receive an average of $2,800 in compensation from the settlement, and their vehicles will be recalled in order to get an engine software update.
  • Hyundai restated fuel economy results for several models from 2011 through 2013 and offered owners reimbursement to cover the additional fuel costs associated with the rating change.

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