It’s hardly the first time that Bosch, the world’s largest car-parts supplier, has been pulled into the Dieselgate affair that has already cost German carmaker Volkswagen tens of billions in fines. This week, Bosch was accused of playing a pivotol role in handing emissions-cheating software to Ford, the second-largest automaker in the United States.
A class-action lawsuit from truck owners, filed on Wednesday in a US district court in Michigan, alleges that Ford knowingly installed cheat devices in two of its trucks, the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty, to evade emissions tests in the United States. Ford denied the charges as “baseless” and said it would fight them in court. So far, VW is the only global carmaker that has actually admitted to manipulating diesel engines.
But in addition to Ford, the lawsuit once again shines a spotlight on Bosch, which is listed as a co-defendant. The plaintiffs allege that Bosch played “a key role in implementing the Ford emission strategy.”
The key question at the heart of this lawsuit and others is this: Did Bosch merely supply the parts, or did its employees play an active role in manipulating those parts to cheat emissions tests in the US and elsewhere?