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Ford Motor sued over alleged emissions cheating

US company Ford Motor is facing a lawsuit by truck owners who claim the firm has used cheating software to manipulate emissions tests. German supplier Bosch is also in the crosshairs, documents have revealed.

According to a lawsuit filed by truck owners Wednesday, Ford Motor installed emissions-cheating software in its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to ensure they passed federal tests in the US.

Ford manipulated the emissions system in violation of federal requirements and the affected trucks released twice the legal limits of emissions during normal driving, the lawsuit claimed.

Hagens Berman, the law firm representing the owners, last year already launched lawsuits against General Motors and Fiat Chrysler as well as engine maker Cummins, making similar allegations.

Super dirty

In tests on the F-250 and F-350 vehicles, "emissions are routinely as high as five times the standard," the lawsuit said, quipping that the trucks should bear the moniker "Super Dirty," instead of Super Duty.

The suit filed in Michigan also named German auto supplier Bosch as a defendant. Bosch said Wednesday allegations against the company remained "the subject of investigations and civil litigation" and were taken "very seriously."

Last year, Bosch agreed to pay $327.5 million (€273.8 million) to US owners of Volkswagen cars for its part in installing illegal emissions-cheating software.

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