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Diluted petrol causes over 30 cars to stall after unsuspecting Chinese drivers fuel up at kiosk

Vehicles’ engines stall just hundreds of metres after leaving petrol station

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 11:56am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 11:58am

A petrol kiosk in southwestern China has been temporarily shut after it was found selling diluted fuel.

More than 30 cars filled with petrol bought at the kiosk in the city of Bazhong, Sichuan province, were affected, West China City Daily reported.

The fuel, which had allegedly been mixed with water, caused the cars’ engines to stop after the vehicles travelled just hundreds of metres away from the petrol station.

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One driver said he bought 200 yuan (HK$230) of petrol but his engine stalled after he drove just 700 metres from the kiosk, according to the report.

The driver called a mechanic, who found his oil tank filled with petrol, water and other substances. The driver was furious as his car was new and the water might have caused damage to the engine.

A woman driver said her car died while it was still at the station.

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Another driver poured the petrol from the kiosk into a water bottle, only to find the liquid separating into two clear layers of oil and water.

A police officer told the newspaper that more than 30 cars were affected in the incident.

An employee at the petrol kiosk said the petrol was bought from outside the city and that workers had filled the car tanks with the substance without checking it.

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All petrol fillers using the type of oil sold to those affected have since been sealed off for investigation, according to the report.

The affected drivers were each compensated with 800 yuan and their vehicles were being repaired at the petrol station’s expenses, the report said.