BP recalls unleaded gas sold in NW Indiana - FOX 32 News Chicago

BP gas recall expands to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

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WHITING, Ind. (FOX 32 News) -

A number of cars in Northwest Indiana are in repair shops Tuesday morning because of bad gas which was sold in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan -- impacting thousands.

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The faulty fuel originated from BP's plant in Whiting. That bad gas was distributed from Aug, 13 to Aug. 17, to hundreds of retailers like Thornton's, Luke Oil and of course BP stations.

Service stations said they have been inundated with calls from people complaining, saying that their cars won't start or the engines are knocking and shaking violently.

The company has now issued an apology saying the gas was contaminated with "polymeric residue." But some angry drivers said it's a little too late to recall the unleaded gasoline.

Rodney Grove's 2011 Chevy Impala was running so rough he took it back to the dealership where he bought it, only to discover that dozens of others had the same problem, all attributed to bad fuel from BP's Whiting refinery.

"My engine was shaking really badly. It was shaking up the whole car. They said it would cost $760. My car is still under warranty."

Since Friday, service technicians have drained and flushed more than 100 vehicles. Not just GM products, but Nissans, Fords and others; brought in by owners who heard Anderson Chevy could fix problems caused by BP's contaminated fuel.

"It's kind of out of the blue," said Anderson Chevy's shop foreman, Lee Stahr. "A lot of people are pretty upset, particularly because it's somebody else's fault."

BP said Monday it believes that fuel stored in a tank at the storage depot could cause hard starting, stalling and other drivability issues. A number of vehicles have had to be towed to service stations.

The company is going through shipping records and contacting customers who may have loaded tanker trucks at the terminal during the affected period.

Analysts said BP's recall of 2.1 million gallons of contaminated gasoline would have little impact on prices in the Chicago area. They were more concerned by a reported sudden drop of 84% in crude oil shipments to BP's Whiting refinery via a pipeline from Oklahoma.

"If this pipeline is down longer than 24 hours, we could see another 5- to 10-cent rally in the Chicago area very quickly," said Phil Flynn of PRICE group.

BP wants to hear from drivers who've had problems since Aug. 13. Call BP's customer line to report problems and give constructive criticism at 1-800-333-3991.

For more on the Chicago area gasoline quality issue, visit www.BPresponse.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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