We are investigating allegations that Ford Motor Company allegedly engaged in fraudulent and deceptive conduct regarding its fuel-efficiency and emissions testing practices for the 2019 Ford Ranger and certain other vehicles; that it reported better fuel economy for the vehicles than actually achievable, and that it installed a mileage “cheat device” to register more miles-per-gallon (MPG) during road trips than the reality, to further the deception.
Consumers allege that Ford deliberately miscalculated the Road Load during its testing procedures in order to report that its vehicles were more fuel efficient and produced less pollution than was actually the case. The Road Load is the impeding force imparted on a vehicle while driving at a constant speed over a smooth, level surface from sources such as tire rolling resistance, driveline losses, and aerodynamic drag. Allegedly, by not properly calculating the Road Load, Ford was able to report better MPG ratings and lower pollution emission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) than the actual reality.
Consumers also allege that Ford equipped these vehicles with a mileage “cheat device” whereby the onboard computer continually misrepresents the vehicles’ true fuel economy, deceiving owners and maintaining consistency with Ford’s misrepresentations to EPA regarding the MPG fuel economy and emissions of the vehicle. The federal government has initiated a criminal investigation into Ford’s emissions testing practices.
If you or anyone you know purchased or leased a 2019 Ranger, F-150 series truck or other Ford vehicle whose fuel economy is less than advertised by Ford, please contact Finkelstein Thompson LLP to discuss your rights. You can reach us at email@example.com or call us toll-free at 1-844-280-5009.