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Ford sued by truck owners alleging diesel emissions cheating

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By Nick Carey

DETROIT (Reuters) - Co installed software that enabled its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to cheat at passing federal emissions tests, according to a by truck owners filed on Wednesday, a claim the No. 2 U. S. automaker described as "baseless."

manipulated the emissions system in violation of federal requirements and the affected trucks released twice the legal limits of emissions during normal driving, the claimed. An emission-cheating scandal that came to light in 2015 cost German automaker Volkswagen tens of billions of dollars in settlements and fines.

said in a statement that all of its vehicles comply with all and emissions regulations.

"vehicles do not have defeat devices," the company said. "We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims."

The firm representing the owners, Hagens Berman, has launched lawsuits in the last year against and

MI> as well as , making similar allegations.

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

Erik Gordon, an expert in entrepreneurship and technology at the of Business, said that if true, the "allegations would expose to the risk of billion-dollar liabilities and punch a hole in its attempts to position itself as a vehicle technology leader."

The lawsuit, filed in for the Eastern District of Michigan, also named German supplier as a defendant.

In a statement Wednesday, Bosch said allegations against the company "remain the subject of investigations and civil litigation" and it takes allegations of "very seriously."

Last year, Bosch agreed to pay $327.5 million to U. S. owners of vehicles for its part in installing

More recently, German prosecutors investigating whether carmaker manipulated emission tests on its diesel cars have looked at whether Bosch was involved.

Volkswagen has struggled to draw a line under its diesel emissions scandal, which broke in the in 2015 and has cost the German company as much as $30 billion.

An EPA did not immediately comment on the against

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(Reporting by in Bengaluru Additional reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by and David Gregorio)

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 03:32 IST