Ford Motor Company under criminal investigation over emissions certification

Ford Motor Company under criminal investigation over emissions certification

Ford Motor Company under criminal investigation over emissions certification

USA authorities have opened a criminal probe into Ford's emissions certification process, the automaker said Friday.

The probe makes Ford at least the third major automaker to fall under USA federal investigation over emissions in the span of a few years.

Ford said that a handful of employees raised concerns last September through an internal reporting channel.

The company said then that it had notified the Environmental Protection Agency about the issue and had hired a law firm to investigate specifications it used in the testing.

"Our focus is on completing our investigation and a thorough technical review of this matter and cooperating with government and regulatory agencies", Pittel said Friday. The latter company has so far paid out about $30 billion in the USA alone through fines and settlements, with two of its former executives being prosecuted for their role in the scandal involving the German maker's diesel-powered vehicles.

Ford said its concerns did not involve the so-called defeat device software implicated in Volkswagen's yearslong scheme to cheat emissions tests.

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The auto and truck manufacturers made the disclosure in an Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

It's unclear whether the problems Ford discovered led to inaccurate mileage ratings.

"Our investigation continues into how Ford estimates road load as part of the US fuel economy and emissions certification process". In 2013, the automaker cut by seven miles (11 km) per gallon the claimed fuel economy for its C-Max hybrid model following complaints that real-world mileage did not match the claimed fuel economy.

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Road load, at its most basic, calculates the various forces a vehicle faces while driving on a level road at constant speed, including such things as tire rolling resistance and driveline losses.

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