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German prosecutors probe Bosch over Audi emissions

The class action hits Ford and Bosch with over 50 counts of violations of state consumer laws, false advertising laws, deceptive trade laws, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), claiming that "Ford did not act alone", but colluded with Bosch in an organized scheme to evade emissions requirements for sake of profit.

"All Ford vehicles, including those with diesel engines, comply with all U.S. EPA emissions regulations" according to a statement sent by Ford spokesman Mike Levine.

Ford is alleged to have rigged its heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, according to a a lawsuit from a legal firm representing USA drivers.

Ford Motor set up software that allowed its F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks to cheat at passing federal emissions tests, according to a lawsuit filed by truck owners on Wednesday, a claim the automaker called "baseless".

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The Stuttgart prosecutors launched an investigation over Bosch's emissions dealings with Volkswagen (VW) in 2015 when VW's diesel test-cheating scandal in the United States broke, and in 2017 in relation to alleged emissions irregularities at Daimler. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles have all faced similar litigation over diesel emissions. Although the complaint says that Ford and tech partner Bosch worked in tandem to create a system that would hide the real-life emissions in order to maintain the performance promised to vehicle users.

The lawsuit against Ford, which also names the supplier Bosch as a defendant, said Ford installed "defeat devices" on about a half million 2011-17 Super Duty diesels.

Bosch was accused of helping design Volkswagen's defeat device software.

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