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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.


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