Lawyers and prosecutors are already scrambling after US-based Ford Motor confessed that its published fuel economy and emissions figures were wrong. While Ford has not confirmed how widespread the problem is, the initial focus is on the 2019 model Ranger pickup. The company confirmed it had hired an outside expert to investigate how it got fuel-economy data wrong, with its confession leading to a slight dip in its share price. While insisting it did not have a “defeat device” like the one used by the Volkswagen Group to skirt official test procedures, Ford still faces huge fines and possible class-action lawsuits in the US. Group vice-president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, Kimberly Pittel, said Ford employees raised their concerns that the mileage and emissions data given by Ford to government officials were incorrectly calculated. Pittel confirmed Ford voluntarily shared the information with both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California A...

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