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If you owned a Ford diesel vehicle between 2009 and 2020, you may be eligible to claim for compensation. This is because Ford is one of the many carmakers that used defeat devices (software that detects when a car is being tested and reduces the amount of nitrogen oxide emitted) to cheat emissions tests.

At Thompsons, we have helped many people who have owned or leased a diesel vehicle affected by the emissions scandal.  To find out if your vehicle is eligible for a claim, click the button below.

Ford Diesel vehicle emissions claims

Since the Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, authorities have put more and more car manufacturers under intense scrutiny and found that the use of defeat devices is, unfortunately, widespread across the automobile industry. Ford is no exception, despite claiming all its vehicles’ emissions fall within the legal requirements.

In 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) published a study that examined the emissions of the 37 top-selling vehicles, all of which were claimed by their manufacturers to meet the legal requirements. The DfT tested the cars in real-world driving conditions and found that not one of the vehicles emitted nitrogen oxide within the legal limit of 180mg/km.

The Ford models included in the study were the Ford Mondeo and the Ford Focus, which both had real-world nitrogen oxide emissions of roughly eight times the EU limit.

The German Vehicle Regulator, KBA, investigated the Ford Mondeo, which uses the 2.0 TDCi diesel engine, in 2018 over allegations that the vehicle used emissions-cheating software.

Further investigations into Ford

In 2019, Ford became the subject of an investigation after the company referred itself to the Environmental Protection in America. Employees were concerned that the computer modelling used to calculate emissions was inaccurate. They believed that Ford may have miscalculated the ‘road load’ (the resistant force acting against a vehicle when it’s travelling at a constant speed), which led to a substantial underestimate of carbon emissions. A report by the International Council of Clean Transportation found that manufacturers were underestimating CO2 emissions by an average of 7 per cent.

However, Ford has been adamant that the error in its computer modelling is not the same as a defeat device and has denied the use of such devices in any of its vehicles.

If Ford has used defeat devices in its vehicles, the harmful pollutants emitted by the engines will have had detrimental effects on climate change and public health. Thompsons is helping drivers who were misled into believing their vehicle was much more environmentally friendly than it was.

Start your Ford diesel emissions claim today

Find out if you could make a diesel emissions claim for your Ford vehicle by using our Registration Checker tool. All you need is the GB registration number of your Ford vehicle and an approximate date at which you owned, leased or financed the vehicle.

We will tell you immediately whether your Ford vehicle is eligible, and if it is, we will guide you through the claim process.

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