Vehicle Failures Concerns Consumers

Posted on 01 August 2012

Consumers are concerned with a recent discovery regarding ethanol and the damage it can do to vehicles. Fuel containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) could have an adverse reaction that could cost consumers more to money to repair.

“Clearly many vehicles on the road today are at risk of harm from E15. The unknowns concern us greatly, since only a fraction of vehicles have been tested to determine their tolerance to E15,” said Mitch Bainwol, president & CEO, Auto Alliance. “Automakers did not build these vehicles to handle the more corrosive E15 fuel. That’s why we urged EPA to wait for the results of further testing.”

The potential cost to the consumer could be significant depending on the extent of the repairs needed. Most likely the repairs would be the cylinder. One cylinder could cost anywhere between $2000-$4000.

“Our goal is to ensure that new alternative fuels are not placed into retail until it has been proven they are safe and do not cause harm to vehicles, consumers, or the environment,” said Mike Stanton, president and CEO, Global Automakers. “The EPA should have waited until all the studies on the potential impacts of E15 on the current fleet were completed.”

Source: Auto Alliance

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