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Tesco probes claims of „contaminated” fuel by UK motorists

Tesco Plc, the UK's biggest supermarket, said it is investigating complaints from motorists about the quality of its fuel after automobiles in southeast England started breaking down.

„We have had a number of reports from motorists who claim to be experiencing problems after filling up with fuel at Tesco,” the company said today in an e-mailed statement. „So far we have not discovered any abnormalities or contamination” in past batches of unleaded fuel, Tesco Plc said.
The Petroleum Industry Association yesterday said it „is aware of reports of exhaust sensor failure in a significant number of petrol-engined cars” in London and the surrounding area. Reports „indicate that the source may be a batch of fuel supplied to some large independent retail sites,” the association said in a statement on its Web site. Nick Vandervell, a spokesman for the association, whose members include nine oil-refining companies in the UK, said the matter now lies with Tesco.
There are no reports of quality issues with petrol supplied from UK refineries, the UKPIA said. „There has been a small increase in the number of breakdowns, mainly in the southeast,” Liz Kennett, a spokeswoman for auto-breakdown specialist RAC Plc, said in a telephone interview yesterday.
Car brands Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen may be most at risk, she said. The failure of exhaust sensors causes rough running of the engine or a shut-down of the engine management system, the UKPIA said in its statement. (Bloomberg)