AAA urges ban on new gas blend


The Automobile Association of America says the new E-15 gasoline could be bad for some cars and will confuse customers. The nation's leading travel organization is actually urging the Obama administration to block the sale of it. {}If you haven't heard of E-15, you join 95-percent of people surveyed by AAA. {}E-15 is a new type of gas blend that contains up to 15-percent ethanol. {}The motoring corporation says automakers have approved fewer than five percent of vehicles to use it.{}Triple A says sustained use could damage both older and newer vehicles by accelerating engine wear, which could void warranties. {}Five manufacturers -- BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen -- have said that their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by the use of E15. Seven other automakers -- Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo -- said E15 does not comply with the fuel requirements specified in their owner's manuals and may void warranty coverage. {}AAA automotive engineering experts believe sustained use of 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, according to the organization's press release.The Environmental Protection Agency approved E-15's sale in June. {}However, AAA wants the sales stopped until regulators can do a better job educating the public. {}Now, less than a dozen gas stations are selling the fuel, nationwide.