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Hackensack gas station messed with octane levels, state charges

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: A Hackensack service station was one of several statewide hit with charges for selling gas with octane levels far lower than advertised — a potential hazard for motorists, especially those with high-end vehicles.

US GAS on Hackensack Avenue

“With some stations charging over $4 per gallon for premium-grade gasoline, we want to ensure that customers are getting their money’s worth,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.

The DCA teamed up with the Weights and Measures offices in 13 counties to inspect 325 stations.

Those cited include US Gas at 90 Hackensack Avenue, just across from the Target.

Each station faces a fine of up to $1,500 for a first violation and up to $5,000 for any afterward. More significantly, they also could be forced to close for up to a month.

When octane levels are too low, gasoline can self-ignite during compression, out of sync with the timing of the engine’s valves and pistons.  This can lead to a persistent knocking sound in the engine, and in severe cases can lead to significant engine damage such as broken connecting rods, melted pistons, or other damaged components.

The risk is especially acute with high-performance vehicles for which a higher octane rating is recommended.

Substandard octane levels can affect any vehicle, however.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs: www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov .

Or: 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.


THE LOW OCTANE LIST

Bergen County :
US Gas / Mmarmab LLC, 90 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Camden County
:
Citgo, 302 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ
Jessie’s Gulf, 720 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ 08107
Runnemede Extra, 405 E. Clements Bridge Rd., Runnemede, NJ 08078
US Gulf, 1200 Route 73, Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Gloucester County
:
Glassboro Lukoil, 100 Delsea Dr., Glassboro, NJ 08028
Gurbittha Gas LLC Lukoil, 500 North Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096
Mantua Pike Lukoil, 897 Mantua Pike, Woodbury
US Gas / Bahadur Singh, Inc., 724 Delsea Dr., Malaga, NJ 08324

Middlesex County :
Edison Fuel Stop, 690 Route 1 North, Edison, NJ 08817
Fuel One Inc., 869 Route 1 South, Avenel, NJ 07001
Fuel One Inc., 279 Route 1 South, Edison, NJ 08817
North Brunswick Express Fuel, 483 Georges Rd., North Brunswick, NJ 08902
PAK Petroleum Citgo, 1614 Stelton Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854






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