Petrolimex admits fuel impurities caused multiple car breakdowns in Vietnam

By Hieu Trung, Thanh Nien News

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A driver with a can of A95 gasoline drained out from his damaged car. Photo: Hieu Trung A driver with a can of A95 gasoline drained out from his damaged car. Photo: Hieu Trung

The fuel giant promises to compensate all affected drivers



Vietnam's fuel giant Petrolimex has confirmed that there was an unusually large amount of impurities in a batch of its popular gasoline, promising to take full responsibility for all the damage caused to at least dozens of cars.  
In a press release on Thursday, the state-owned company said a recent test on the questionable batch of A95, the go-to gasoline grade of almost all car drivers in Vietnam, found a high level of toluene, a methylbenzene solvent.
The toluene impurities have exceeded the permitted standard, causing technical problems in the fuel systems of dozens of cars recently, the statement said.
Petrolimex said affected drivers can call its hotline 0902.684.488 for further support to claim damages.
The batch of gasoline was recalled soon after problems were first reported. 
Since late January, many garages across Ho Chi Minh City have been flooded with cars whose fuel supply systems were damaged, allegedly by the sub-standard gasoline.
Nguyen Trung Kien, a senior engineer at a Mercedes-Benz garage in District 7, told Thanh Nien that 22 cars have been sent here with similar problems in their fuel systems this week.
Kien said all the drivers claimed that their cars broke down right after being filled with A95. The gas is imported and distributed nationwide by state-owned giant Petrolimex.
He said the repair could cost up to VND200 million (US$8,900) to have various parts in the fuel system, including the carburetor, filter and pump, replaced.
A Toyota’s garage in District 1 said more than 20 cars have to be repaired for similar issues since late last month while a garage of Chevrolet in District 8 said they received four on Monday alone.

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