PA Attorney General secures settlement with Ford over false advertising
Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro announced a multi-state settlement with the Ford Motor Company on Tuesday regarding claims of false advertising of their 2013-2014 C-Max hybrid's fuel economy, as well as the payload capacity of their 2011-2014 Super Duty pickup trucks.
The $19.2 million settlement, of which Pennsylvania will receive $484,782.94 is the result of a multi-state investigation into allegations of false advertising by the Ford Motor Company.
AG Shapiro says families across the commonwealth are struggling to afford gas with the soaring costs to the point where some families are considering purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles.
"Ford can't be permitted to jack up the numbers where they like in order to make their hybrid vehicle look the best. Consumers deserve to have the facts in order to make an informed decision," Shapiro said.
The investigation revealed that Ford made several misleading representations about the 2013-14 C-Max hybrids including claims that driving style would not impact real-world fuel economy, claims of superior real-world fuel economy compared to other hybrids and misrepresented the distance consumers could drive on one tank of gas.
Advertisements showcased the vehicle outperforming a Toyota Prius, with the C-Max promoted as getting 47 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway, when in reality, the car's fuel economy rating is 42 mpg in the city, 37 on the highway, and 40 for city/highway.
Advertising for Ford's 2011-14 Super Duty pickup truck was also part of the investigation.
Ford's methodology to calculate maximum payload capacity was based on a hypothetical truck configuration that omitted standard items like the spare wheel, tire and jack, center flow console and radio.
Although that version was advertised to everyone, only fleet customers could order it in reality.
The settlement will prohibit Ford from making false or misleading claims regarding fuel economy and payload capacity in their advertising moving forward regarding its new motor vehicles.
The settlement was led by Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Vermont and Arizona and joined by attorneys general of 35 additional states and jurisdictions.