AAA Wants Regulators To Halt Sale of E15


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    AAA on Friday said the EPA and gasoline retailers should stop the sale of E15. | November 30, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • In an unusual warning for a travel organization, AAA on Friday said the EPA and gasoline retailers should stop the sale of E15.
  • "With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than 5 percent of the cars on the road approved by automakers to use the fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected," AAA said in a statement.
  • AAA said only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the road are approved by manufacturers to use E15.


ORLANDO, Florida — In an unusual warning for a travel organization, AAA on Friday said the EPA and gasoline retailers should stop the sale of E15.

"With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than 5 percent of the cars on the road approved by automakers to use the fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected," AAA said in a statement.

AAA said only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the road are approved by manufacturers to use E15. E15 is a new ethanol blend.

"The only vehicles currently approved by automakers to use E15 are flex-fuel models, 2001 model-year and newer Porsches, 2012 model-year and newer GM vehicles and 2013 model-year Ford vehicles," AAA noted.

"It's clear that millions of Americans are unfamiliar with E15, which means there is a strong possibility that many motorists may improperly fill up using this gasoline and damage their vehicle," said Robert Darbelnet, AAA president and CEO, in a statement. "Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers."

AAA warns that E15 could result in "significant" problems such as accelerated engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false "check engine" lights for any vehicle not approved by its manufacturer to use E15.

The Renewable Fuels Association has been touting E15 on its Web site, saying "E15 can be used by 62 percent of the light-duty vehicles on the road today, representing more than 80 percent of the unleaded fuel sold."

Edmunds says: At the very least, there needs to be more consumer education about E15.

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