EPA to Investigate Ford Gas Mileage Claims

By on December 10, 2012
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will look into whether certain car models manufactured by Ford mislead consumers over gas mileage claims, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Consumer Reports published an article on December 6, revealing a study that shows Ford Motor Co.’s Ford Fusion and C-Max wagon hybrids have actual gas-mileage ratings that fall well below the company’s advertised numbers.

The Consumer Reports analysis concluded that Ford’s hybrid Fusion sedan is sold with assertions that it can achieve 47 miles per gallon (mpg) of gasoline in city, highway and combined driving, but in actuality the vehicle only achieved 39 mpg overall.  The Ford C-Max wagon, which is rated at 47 mpg, only delivered 37 mpg.  The article added that the two vehicles had the largest discrepancies between EPA estimates and actual performance of any car model it has examined.

The controversy over gas mileage has been in the news recently.  In November, the EPA found that Hyundai and Kia overestimated their gas mileage ratings.  The car manufacturers agreed to settle with the agency by lowering their posted mileage ratings on most of their 2012 and 2013 models and reimburse owners for the disparity.

In January, Class Action Central reported that a class action lawsuit was filed alleging Hyundai actively deceived purchasers of the Elantra with an aggressive marketing campaign that wrongly advertised the car as achieving 40 mpg.

Car manufacturers perform the federally required mileage tests on their own and convey the results to the EPA.  The EPA has a facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan where the mileage exams are carried out on vehicles.

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