British Petroleum (BP) has recently announced a recall for approximately 2.1 million gallons of gasoline produced by its refinery in Whiting, Ind. The contaminated gasoline was sold in the northeast Indiana and Northeast Illinois areas.
The recall came after reports of motorists flooding car repair shops in northwestern Indiana over a couple of days. According to BP, the contaminated petrol can cause hard starting, stalling and other drivability issues. In a statement issued by BP, the gasoline was blended from 13 Aug 2012 to 17 Aug 2012 and contained a higher than normal level of polymeric residue. BP said it is investigating how the contamination occurred.
An affected car owner is expecting a US$1,200 bill from a local automobile dealership after having his car’s gas tank cleaned, fuel line purged and spark plugs replaced as a result of the bad gas. A foreman at a Chevrolet dealership commented that the technicians have had to dilute the contaminated gas or drain it from tanks, depending how each vehicle has been affected.
It looks like the BP’s mistake is going to cost the company a bomb as motorists are likely to seek compensation from the oil company. BP has set up a website to answer consumers’ questions at www.bpresponse.com.
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