Ford Ranger Fuel Efficiency & Emissions

DEFENDANT NAME: Ford Motor Company
CASE NUMBER: 19-cv-11319-RHC-APP
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 05/06/19
Steve W. Berman

Complaint 05/06/19


Do you own a Ford vehicle?

Despite Ford's eco-friendly promises, its 2019 Ranger trucks emit harmful pollutants at amounts beyond legal limits, and other models may be affected. You may be entitled to compensation or a buyback.

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According to recent reports, 2019 Ranger trucks are out of compliance with federal emissions standards. This could be costing you extra in vehicle repairs and lead to drastically reduced MPG and higher fuel costs. If you own a Ford, fill out the form to find out your consumer rights to compensation.


  • 2019 Ford Ranger trucks
  • Likely Ford F-150 trucks
  • Possibly other Ford models

The complaint states that the class is defined as all owners and lessors of 2019 Ford Ranger trucks. Because the F-150 is similarly failing to measure up to its advertised mileage, the cheating likely includes the F-150. The lawsuit states that the class is likely to be expanded and could potentially include all Ford vehicles certified for sale in the U.S. for a number of years.


The lawsuit states that Ford deliberately miscalculated and misrepresented factors used in vehicle certification testing in order to report that its vehicles used less fuel and emitted less pollution than they actually did. The certification test related cheating centers on the “Coast Down” testing and “Road Load” calculations.

Coast Down testing measures the forces working against the vehicle by driving it up to speed, and then shifting to neutral, allowing it to coast down, being slowed by forces such as wind resistance, rolling resistance of the tires, and other forces working against the vehicle.

Ford miscalculated “Road Load,” which is a measure of those forces, defined as the force that is 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.

This measure of forces acting against the vehicle during real-world driving is critical to the simulation of actual driving when a vehicle is tested in the laboratory. Ford’s internal lab tests did not account for these forces, which lead to better—and entirely inaccurate—fuel economy projections, and claims that the vehicles emitted less pollution than they emitted in reality.


Ford used the fuel efficiency ratings as a selling tool to entice consumers into purchasing the 2019 Ford Ranger claiming that it “is the no-compromise choice for power, technology, capability, and efficiency.” Ford knew that to sell the Ranger, it had to tout it had fuel-efficiency, and a promise that was important to consumers.

The suit says Ford deceived consumers in calling its Ranger “fuel efficient,” and that without manipulating its testing procedures and ignoring common road conditions, Ford could not achieve the fuel economy and range it promised.


Hagens Berman believes that consumers have the right to reimbursement for the premium price they paid for what they thought was a powerful, efficient and emissions-compliant option. Ford’s cheating renders these trucks out of compliance with federal regulations. Simply put, thousands of consumers did not receive what they paid for, and purchased their Ford Ranger under what we believe is false information.


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