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Ford Being Investigated By The Department Of Justice – Here’s Why

It seems as if the hot topic of discussion in the automotive industry over the past ...

It seems as if the hot topic of discussion in the automotive industry over the past couple of years has been emissions. With the industry getting more and more efficient, we would think that emissions wouldn’t be that big of an issue. However, that doesn’t prevent companies from falling out of line. Some of them are looking to gain every edge that they can, even if it means cheating. Furthermore, some companies may just accidentally not meet emissions requirements. After all, some of these requirements can seem pretty ridiculous. In recent allegations, Ford claims that they are a part of the latter, if they violated at all. We learned earlier this week that the DOJ has opened a criminal investigation into Ford’s emissions certification.

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“Unlike Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, however, where emissions were purposely curbed during exhaust tests with specifically developed software, Ford emphatically claims that there was no defeat device used to pass emissions.” The Drive

It’s unclear where the result of this scandal will land. In Volkswagen‘s case, multiple people from the company had faced jail time. In addition, the company had major fines levied upon it. Obviously, this could get pretty bad for the company and its shareholders. As Ford has seemed to be on an upward trend lately, a negative outcome could put the brakes on progress, bringing it to a screeching halt.

It’s important, though, to not get ahead of ourselves. We never know what the outcome of these kinds of cases might be. Hopefully, this cornerstone of the American economy will end up coming out on top. Love Ford or hate them, a blow to an automaker that’s this substantial isn’t something that is benefiting any of us. With the government really doubling down on these kinds of issues, only time will tell what’s to come of it all. For now, all that we can do is keep our eyes peeled for the latest news here on Speed Society.

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