Ford Motor will pay $19.2 million to resolve allegations it falsely advertised real-world fuel economy and payload capacity for some hybrids and pickup trucks, the Iowa Attorney General's Office said Tuesday.
Author: Reuters
Published: 2022-05-24 01:55 pm
Ford paying $19M to states to settle false advertising claims
nypost.com

Ford Motor will pay $19.2 million to resolve allegations it falsely advertised real-world fuel economy and payload capacity for some hybrids and pickup trucks, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

The multi-state settlement covers 2013–2014 C-Max hybrids and 2011–2014 Super Duty pickups. In 2013, Ford lowered the advertised fuel economy ratings on its C-Max hybrid by up to seven miles per gallon and sent checks to owners of $550 to make up the difference in fuel costs.

“For years, Ford advertised impressive fuel economy and payload capacity for its cars and trucks,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said. “Unfortunately, these figures were not based in reality, leaving customers with vehicles that did not meet their standards.”

The settlement, with 40 states and the District of Columbia, prohibits Ford from making false or misleading advertising claims concerning the estimated fuel economy or payload capacity of a new motor vehicle. Ford did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement. Ford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(image)
Ford did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
AP

Ford misrepresented the distance consumers could drive on one tank of gas, asserted driving style would not influence vehicles’ real-world fuel economy and claimed superior real-world fuel economy compared to other hybrids, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said.

Platkin said Ford ran deceptive advertisements called the “Hybrid Games” that were narrated like an Olympic sport that depicted the Ford C-Max outperforming the Toyota Prius in a series of videos.

The states allege that Ford used a deceptive methodology for reclaiming the “Best in Class” payload capacity after other trucks had surpassed Ford.

(image)
Ford was accused of running deceptive advertisements that depicted the Ford C-Max, above, outperforming the Toyota Prius.

“In calculating the maximum payload capacity of its vehicles, the investigation found, Ford employed a truck configuration it did not actually intend to sell to individual buyers – one that omitted such standard items as the spare wheel, tire and jack, radio, and center console (which was replaced by a mini-console),” Platkin said.

As a result, “Ford was able to add additional pounds to the maximum advertisable payload capacity of its Super Duty truck — just enough for Ford to reclaim the title of ‘Best-in-Class’ for payload.”

Read Full Story

Luxury carmaker Bentley shifting to all-electric lineup by 2030

nypost.com - 5 months ago
Bentley announced it will invest £2.5 billion – the equivalent of $3.4 billion – on the development of electric vehicles over the next 10 years.
Read More

Ex-guard charged in ‘brazen’ $1.7M armored car heist at NJ casino

nypost.com - 2 years ago
A former guard and two accomplices stole more than $1.7 million from an armored car outside a New Jersey casino – a bold heist that “harkened back to something out of the 1930s,” prosecutors said. Dante J. McCluney, a 35-year-old Newark man who previously
Read More

Giants NFL Draft prediction: An electric Alabama receiver at No. 11

nypost.com - 1 year ago
The Post’s Paul Schwartz gives his prediction for who the Giants will take with the No. 11 pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Jaylen Waddle plays in the National Championship game. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama. Could it be
Read More

Food prices are reportedly expected to rise again in January

nypost.com - 6 months ago
A reported wave of supermarket price hikes is expected to begin in January, raising the costs of pasta, dairy products, meat and more anywhere from 2% to 20%.
Read More