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Aug 25, 2010 4:37 PM

Thousands of California gas stations ordered to remove hold open latches

Thousands of gas stations across California were ordered to remove hold open latches on gas pumps. According to a press release issued by Cal Fire, the announcement was made by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The action taken today will ensure public safety and allow the gasoline stations equipped with Vapor System Technologies nozzles to continue operating.

Some VST nozzles have allowed gasoline to be unexpectedly sprayed before the nozzle is inserted in the vehicle's' gas tank. To date, 13 spraying incidents have been reported and confirmed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Seven of these incidents resulted in consumers being sprayed with gasoline.

In order to avoid the possibility of being sprayed with gas, it's very important for customers fueling with a VST nozzle take the following steps:

* Insert the nozzle into the gas tank BEFORE selecting the grade of gasoline
* DO NOT insert any type of foreign object (gas cap, water bottle, etc) in the handle to keep the gas flowing
* If you encounter a VST nozzle with the hold-open latch still in place, DO NOT use it

Station owners or operators are obligated to remove the hold open latches by October 15, 2010 in order to remain in operation.

ARB is currently working with VST and other manufacturers on replacement nozzles. When these replacement nozzles become available, they will provide the station owners the option of replacing their current VST nozzles with a nozzle that provides hold-open latches for their customers.

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