No sooner did Ford crow about its C-Max Hybrid being the fastest-selling hybrid model ever upon introduction than news broke of the company being sued for allegedly misleading fuel efficiency claims.
According to Automotive News, Richard Pitkin, of Roseville, CA, is suing the Motor Company over claims that its fuel economy estimates for the C-Max and Fusion Hybrid are overstated. Ford claims the models achieve a combined 47 MPG by returning that same number in both city and highway driving cycles in EPA fuel economy tests.
Pitkin wants Ford to reimburse him and other C-Max and Fusion Hybrid owners the purchase price of the vehicles and rescind sales of vehicles purchased in his native California. The suit was filed December 7 in the Eastern District of California.
Automotive News pointed out that Pitkin’s attorneys are seeking class-action status, and that they are the same legal team who successfully sued Hyundai and Kia recently over inflated fuel efficiency claims in addition to suing Toyota over its “unintended acceleration” fiasco that just saw the Japanese company shell out more than $1 billion in settlements. In addition to the plaintiff’s demands, the legal team wants Ford to stop what it calls false advertising of the fuel efficiency figures and conduct a public information campaign on the matter.
The models have repeatedly fallen short of the 47 MPG rating when tested in the real world by magazines and websites. Recently, Consumer Reports was busting Ford’s chops when they managed to squeeze only 37 MPG from the C-Max and 39 MPG from the Fusion Hybrid. The Truth About Cars recently had a C-Max tester and averaged 41.5 MPG, with a one-way trip low point of 39 MPG and a level-ground, 60-degree Fahrenheit best cruise MPG of 45.
So let’s hear your story: Ever bought a vehicle and been sorely disappointed in the fuel mileage it returned? Was it way worse than the EPA estimate on the Monroney sticker? Sound off in the comments.