Ford Motor Company has announced it is conducting an investigation into its own fuel economy and emission ratings. The company says employees have raised concerns the testing methods utilized by Ford to calculate fuel economy and emissions data to send to regulators could have problems.
Ford has launched the investigation by retaining an independent law firm to examine the automaker’s processes surrounding fuel economy and emission testing. The results are these tests are typically sent to regulators, such as the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to aid in the federalization of Ford products.
Details surrounding what may be incorrect with Ford products is till unknown, but Ford has confirmed the investigation is commencing with a close look at fuel economy and emissions data for the 2019 Ford Ranger. The investigation into the Ranger is expected to be complete by next week and Ford says it cannot provide any assurances that the Ranger’s fuel economy ratings will not materially change after the results of the investigation.
The EPA said in a statement that the information they have regarding the matter is “too incomplete for EPA to reach any conclusions. We take the potential issues seriously and are following up with the company to fully understand the circumstances behind this disclosure.”
This isn’t the first time Ford has been caught with inaccurate fuel economy ratings. Back in 2013 the company had to reduce fuel economy ratings on its C-Max hybrid due to real-world mileage being so far off from the EPA label. Ultimately Ford reduce the fuel economy ratings on several products and offered compensation to impacted customers.