US drops criminal probe into Ford’s emission-testing flaws

The irregularities emerged after Volkswagen AG’s dieselgate scandal, in which the German automaker used so-called defeat devices to evade pollution regulations on its diesel-powered models worldwide.
By : Bloomberg
| Updated on: 07 Feb 2021, 03:31 PM
The investigations began after the automaker revealed its workers discovered issues with on-road testing to determine how aerodynamic drag and tire friction affect fuel economy in its vehicles.
The investigations began after the automaker revealed its workers discovered issues with on-road testing to determine how aerodynamic drag and tire friction affect fuel economy in its vehicles.
The investigations began after the automaker revealed its workers discovered issues with on-road testing to determine how aerodynamic drag and tire friction affect fuel economy in its vehicles.
The investigations began after the automaker revealed its workers discovered issues with on-road testing to determine how aerodynamic drag and tire friction affect fuel economy in its vehicles.

The US Justice Department has called off a criminal investigation into Ford Motor Co. over pollution-testing flaws the automaker self-reported in 2019.

The Justice Department and the California Air Resources Board each dropped probes into the emission-testing problems “and do not intend to take any further action," Ford said Friday in a regulatory filing.

The investigations began after the automaker revealed its workers discovered issues with on-road testing to determine how aerodynamic drag and tire friction affect fuel economy in its vehicles.

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“We are pleased that both the Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board have closed their investigations into Ford’s US emissions-certification process," the company said in an emailed statement Friday. “This is consistent with the company’s own investigation."

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The irregularities emerged after Volkswagen AG’s dieselgate scandal, in which the German automaker used so-called defeat devices to evade pollution regulations on its diesel-powered models worldwide. The scandal led to criminal indictments of VW executives in the US and has cost the company more than $33 billion.

Ford’s regulatory filing came after it posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings Thursday.

First Published Date: 07 Feb 2021, 03:31 PM IST
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