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RAC launches misfuelling prevention product

Date: 08 June 2010

RAC has launched a device to prevent misfuelling of diesel vehicles.

Fuelsure, which was designed by RAC patrolman Phil Cartwright, costs £29.95 and can be used on over 80% of diesel cars and light commercial vehicles.

The product prevents the insertion of the smaller diameter petrol pump nozzle and removes the need to screw and unscrew the existing fuel cap.

According to RAC's vehicle fault analysis data, misfuelling is the fourth biggest driver-induced fault among fleet drivers, with call-outs reaching 10,000 in 2009.

Gary Wrightson-Heyworth, RAC technical service development manager, said: "FuelSure differs from similar products available as it physically prevents misfuelling - you need to have the diesel nozzle in your hand to remove the fuel cap.

"RAC fully supports this device and we are currently in the process of rolling it out to all of our roadside Patrols and recovery specialists to make available to our members."

Rival firm the AA flagged up misfuelling at the end of 2007 when it introduced Fuel Assist, a service which involves draining, flushing and replenishing vehicle fuel systems which have ben misfuelled.

The process, claimed the AA's technical performance manager Donald McSporran at the time, gets 99% of affected vehicles back on the road within 45 minutes with an average call-out time of one hour.

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