On Wednesday, May 8, Beasley Allen filed a consumer class action against Ford Motor Company alleging that Ford markets and sells its 2019 Ford Rangers and 2018 Ford F-150s with false fuel-economy ratings. As alleged in the complaint, Ford conducted inadequate and inaccurate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy testing, resulting in vehicles with overstated miles-per gallon EPA fuel economy ratings. Instead of stating the true fuel economy for its vehicles, Ford represented to customers that its vehicles had achieved specific MPG estimates.
“As a result of Ford’s alleged actions, customers are potentially being misled into purchasing Ford vehicles with a quality different than that represented by Ford, and consumers are likely paying higher fuel costs as a result,” said Dee Miles of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Dee is head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section.
Ford Motor Company is currently under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) over its emissions certification practices, the auto giant disclosed two weeks ago. The inquiry is focused on Ford’s analytical modeling and resistance testing practices, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ford said the investigation did not involve the use of defeat devices, the likes of which were used by Volkswagen to disguise emissions readings in millions of vehicles over at least six years.
After Ford employees raised concerns about the accuracy of emissions and gas mileage modeling methods in September, the company brought in an outside firm to review its emissions practices and hired an independent lab to conduct tests, the company announced in February.
The lawsuit, filed Federal District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division in Montgomery, Alabama, alleges violations of trade practices throughout the U.S., a breach of express and implied warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment as a result of the allegations. The class demands financial relief for the class as well as equitable relief, and a jury trial.