Business Channel Warning about E15 Gasoline-Confirmed
Summary of the eRumor: A news report from Fox Business Channel has gone viral on
the Internet that warns about potential damage to older model cars when
filling up with E15 gasoline at the pumps.
The Truth: The
December 4, 2012 Fox Business report is real and both Fox and its parent
Wall Street Journal, released articles that said that the Automobile
Club (AAA) has urged "regulators and fuel producers to stop
selling a new gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol, citing the
potential for consumer confusion, voided warranties and vehicle damage."
The E15 gasoline is a mixture of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent
gasoline, and was recently approved by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) for distribution to drivers. According to the Fox Business
report, some automotive makers said that they will not honor car
warranties and cover fuel related repair claims as a result from
consumers using E15 in their vehicles.
The article said that the EPA has yet
to respond to the Auto Club's request but "has issued a statement saying
it shares the association’s concerns over E15 awareness, but that the
labels 'will help ensure consumers are aware about which vehicles are
approved for its use.'”
E15 fuel is not yet being sold in all states. It should be noted
that E15 fuel not a mandatory item for customers to purchase and the
current E10 fuel is still provided by stations carrying this product.
TruthOrFiction.com got many inquiries about this asking us if the
true. This is a great example how a news story can escalate into an eRumor and we found that this warning was also reported by MSNBC and USA
Video from Fox Business Channel
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Void your warranty!!!! All from our
wonderful, benevolent and protective government. If you've got a car you
need to watch this.
Watch this video from Fox Business...if your CAR IS OLDER THAN 2012 you
need to AVOID THE NEW E15 GAS that is just starting to show up at gas
stations. Most car companies will not honor the warranty on your car if
you use this new gas.