Ford Motor Co. saw its stockpile Thursday in retrospect after the company revealed an internal survey of whether vehicles have worse gas stations and provide more pollutants than car, truck and SUV labels reveal – dating back to the 2017 models
Anonymous "Speak Up" – Ford's reporting system raised the issue in September 2018, the company said.
The next generation of Ford's Ranger midsize pickup will probably form the basis of a pickup that Volkswagen will sell in South America, Africa and Europe.
Ford (Foto11: Mark Phelan)
Ford said on Thursday that he had hired an outside layer to assess whether Ford's mathematical model was wrong in how it determined miles per gallon and emissions ratings.
To begin the review, Ford said, it will start testing the wildly popular new 2019 Ranger midsize pickup, which only went on sale. And then other models would be tested.
Ranger was recalled on February 6 for faulty wires that could prevent the pickup from properly changing and parking safely.
Ford officials stressed that the fuel and emission classification survey is in its preliminary stages and nothing points to a problem at present.
A Ford spokesman refused to say how many vehicles could be affected for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 model years.
Ford spokesman Said Deep said: "As soon as we learned from our employees' concerns in September, we engaged a third party company in late October to conduct the first review that ended in December.We began a full internal survey in December, which led to this week's voluntary disclosure of our investigation into EPA and CARB. Estimating the full survey will take several months. " Ford said in its press release on Thursday that the company announced California regulators, which are very strict for pollution o
But Dave Clegern, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, told Free Press later on Thursday that "CARB has not received mileage issue message" from this moment onwards. Ford. "
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EPA spokesman Michael Abboud confirmed with Free Press that Ford reached a few days before the release of the public statement Thursday.
"On February 18, 2019, Ford announced to the US EPA that it had discovered potential issues in its emission certification processes," Abboud said. "On February 20, 2019, Ford informed the agency about the information it has developed so far in the survey. The investigation is ongoing and the information is too incomplete for EPA to come to some conclusions. We take the potential issues seriously and follow up with the company to fully understand the circumstances behind this information. "
Later Thursday, a safe climate campaign, public citizen and Sierra Club released a statement through the Sierra Club:
" It is shameful that Ford waited months to reveal problems with its emission testing.
Karl Brauer, publisher at the Kelley Blue Book, praised Ford for being proactive and informing the public.
"I think it's very smart for Ford to come up with this situation," he said. "They obviously discovered something that might indicate a flaw in how they define and determine the fuel economy of their cars. They started digging in. in it and wanted to get that question before they said anything. Now they all let you know. "
Ford deserves recognition for having a program that gives tips on potential issues, Brauer said.
Kim Pit tel, Ford Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Technology, said in a statement: "In September, a handful of employees raised a concern through our Speak Up employee reporting channel on the analysis model that is part of our US fuel economy. and emission compliance process. "
Ford officials said they believe they believe in the brand" is earned by acting with integrity and openness. "
Pittet outlined steps to include:
- Hiring a remote firm to conduct an investigation into the vehicle's load load specifications used in testing and applications to verify emissions and fuel economy. Guide is a vehicle-specific resistance level used in vehicle dynamometer testing, including for fuel economy assessment and emission certification. Directions are established through technical models validated through vehicle testing, including physical track tests called downdown testing.
- Employing independent industrial engineering experts as part of Ford's investigation team.
- Hire an independent laboratory to carry on coastdown testing.
- Evaluation of potential changes in Ford's safety model, including engineering, engineering and management components.
- Volunteer sharing this week's potential concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency and California (California) Air Resources Board officials.
"At this point, there has been no reason for this to affect Ford's brand of fuel economy or emission certification," Pittel said. "We plan to work with regulators and the independent laboratory to complete a technical review. As part of our review, we have identified potential concerns about how to calculate safe. The first vehicle we consider is the 2019 Ranger; we also consider additional cars. "
Marking Problems in 2014
This latest badge issue is not the first for Ford that sent checks to 215,000 Ford and Lincoln owners in June 2014 after they purchased vehicles with inaccurate fuel economy ratings. Models included the Ford Fiesta 2014 as well as the hybrid version of the Ford Fusion, C-Max and Lincoln MKZ 2013-14 C-Max Energy plug-in hybrid.
At that time, the rankings of 1 to 7 mpg Refund depended on whether the vehicles were rented or purchased. The controls ranged from $ 124 for a rented Fiesta to $ 1,050 for a purchased Lincoln MKZ.
Raj Nair, then head of Ford's global product development, said a deviation in testing was discovered in October 2013, and subsequent testing traced the problem to a new wind tunnel performance correlation process. These numbers are used to determine the resistance level set on the dynamometer that tests the vehicle's mileage.
After the incident, Ford agreed on improved validation tests for future vehicles during EPA monitoring to prevent the error from recurring.
News reports in 2014 noted that it was the second time in a year that Ford had to lower mileage on some models. In 2013, Ford voluntarily reduced its claim on the C-Max hybrid from 47 to 43 m.p. after Ford tried the fusion hybrid and used the same number for the other vehicle.
2019 accurate labeling has also been a problem for other automakers.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed a case with the US Justice Department in January 2019 in response to diesel emissions irregularities and allegedly hiding attempts to trick regulators. As a result, affected vehicle owners received a cash payment of more than $ 3,000 each.
Including around $ 400 million in civil penalties, an extended warranty, a proposed legal agreement, and other charges, FCA is expected to spend more than $ 790 million to resolve cheating claims involving approximately 100,000 2014-16 eco-diesel ram 1500 pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
While FCA refused to admit offense, Volkswagen confessed to cheating on US diesel emission tests. Both companies were accused of installing software known as "defeat units" which allowed the vehicle to pollute more on roads than during testing.
Ford explicitly stated on Thursday that no lost devices were being used.
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