Ford To Pay $19 Million To Settle Misleading Fuel Economy Claims

by Jeff L. Tucker, The Chicago Times

May 25, 2022

DEARBORN, MI — Ford Motor Company to settle claims by 40 U.S. state attorneys general that the auto giant made misleading claims about fuel economy and payload capacity of various vehicles.

In a settlement filed on Tuesday in San Diego Superior Court in California, Ford agreed to pay $19 million and end misleading advertising, which violates consumer laws across the United States.

The Ford vehicles cited in the lawsuit include the 2013 and 2014 C-Max hybrid and the popular 2011 thru 2014 Super Duty pick-up truck.  Ford advertised that the C-Max had greater miles per gallon and travel range than comparable hybrids.  In addition, Ford also censored payload calculations for the Super Duty, which included standard equipment that comes with the pickup truck.

In true Ford fashion, Ford released a statement in which the investigation was concluded with no judicial finding of guilt.  Ford also stressed that no federal or state laws were violated.

“We worked with the states to resolve their concerns and in the process limited additional investigative costs and legal expenses for all parties,” a Ford Motor Company spokesman said in a statement.