The US Justice Department has opened a criminal case on the fact Ford emissions certification process on American soil, which was published two months after the recognition of the problems with the evidence, says Auto News Europe.
In an official document, dated April 25, the signing of the oval will ensure that the problem is related to the resistance test "does not imply the use of defeat devices", implicitly referring to Volkswagen, and it is fully cooperating with all agencies of the government.
The key in the air during load testing candlesticks
Ford showed that in February he was to take the "wrong approach" in relation to the load to simulate how air resistance and friction of tires can affect Consumption outside testing laboratories.
Simply put, if your simulation models you reduce air resistance (little wind or the wind acting on the rear of the vehicle) and inflate the wheel too much, you will get better consumption and lower emissions.
The company says it has hired an outside firm earlier this year to refocus the issue and explore where the error is. Because this issue is still in the earlier stages, the Ford says it can not predict the outcome and can not guarantee that it will not have a "significant" economic impact on the manufacturer.
Detroit Free Press says the anonymous employee first reported on the issue in September 2018, and includes unspecified Data on emissions in 2017 and later vehicles, An error attributed to a faulty mathematical model, which the company uses for data calculation.
Hyundai and Kia they had to pay $ 700 million in fines in 2014 the US government for such a step. Two years ago, two Korean producers have admitted that Increased consumption of its vehicles by about half a liter per 100 km.
The same goes for Subaru, whose president was forced to resign in 2018 after evidence of violations in fuel consumption and emissions measuring in the thousands.