CONSUMER ALERT: Tangipahoa man says bad gas ruined his car


AMITE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – One man says his car stalled in the middle of the interstate after he filled his tank with “bad gas” in Amite.

Brandon Allen said he was on his way to an animal hospital in Mandeville when his car stalled on the interstate between several cars and 18-wheelers. When he veered out of the roadway, the car wouldn’t start.

” When you have your pet, your wife in the vehicle with you,” Allen said. “And the vehicle fails the engine fails and you’re in the middle of the interstate going 70, it’s pretty scary.”

Allen had a mechanic take a look at the damage. According to Allen, they’d had determined the culprit wasn’t a bad engine or malfunction. Instead, it was water-tainted gas.

Allen wasn’t the only person this happened to. Several other people wrote Facebook posts describing the same thing. Some even wrote that their cars never made it out of the gas station lot before their cars stalled.

Race Trac issued a statement saying they’d drained all the fuel from the pumps in an effort to clear out the water. Now, their efforts are focused on helping the people that were affected by the bad gas.

Allen complained about the damages to his car and he was told to fill out a damage certificate and send it to Race Trac’s corporate office.

“We’re expected to fix it ourselves and send Race Trac a receipt. They’ll do an investigation and possibly reimburse us,” Allen said. “Even then, can I rely on the vehicle for as long as I could before this?”

Allen said he’s been alternating between his wife’s car and a rental to get around now.

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