The EPA has contended that cars manufactured from 2001 and on can handle E15, the new blend of gasoline made up of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent petroleum. But AAA warned that only about 12 million of the 240 million cars on the road today have actual approval from the manufacturers to use the fuel.
AAA recently conducted a survey and found that 95 percent of those polled had not heard of the new blend of fuel. The organization found this worrisome due to the fact that many manufacturer warranties do not cover wear and tear from the higher ethanol fuel blend. Using the fuel blend could lead to engine wear and failure, fuel-system damage and false "check engine" lights when used over a sustained period of time, according to AAA.
"It is 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. Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers," AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet told USA Today.
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