Pensioner in road scare - fuel to blame

A SHAKEN pensioner has today told of his fear as he was almost involved in a collision with a lorry after filling up at the pumps with dodgy petrol.About a fortnight after Kesgrave granddad Bernard Handscomb put £25.

A SHAKEN pensioner has today told of his fear as he was almost involved in a collision with a lorry after filling up at the pumps with dodgy petrol.

About a fortnight after Kesgrave granddad Bernard Handscomb put £25.75 worth of fuel in his tank he found his car wouldn't accelerate as he turned a corner and a lorry had to break sharply to avoid hitting his Vauxhall Corsa.

Mr Handscomb, of Windrush Road, said: “It was a very nasty experience and I was rather scared at the time.

“I bought contaminated unleaded petrol from Tesco at Martlesham on February 13.

“After about a week I noticed my car seemed very sluggish and did not accelerate very well.

“Then on February 26 I went to pull out of Windrush Road onto the main road and with plenty of time to avoid an oncoming lorry accelerated round the corner.

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“But I found that my car reduced in speed despite trying to accelerate in first gear.

“This was a frightening experience and almost caused a collision with the approaching lorry.”

After his near-miss Mr Handscomb, 77, took his car to a garage in Kesgrave and in less than a day they were able to tell him the problems were related to faulty petrol.

However because demand for oxygen sensors, the part needed to fix the fault, is so great Mr Handscomb is still waiting for his car to be fixed.

He said: “I am a pensioner and none too steady on my feet and have had to hire a car.

“But there is good news because I have written to Tesco and it looks like they will refund all my expenses.”

Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets have both pledged to pay for repairs to cars damaged by the batch of petrol found be contaminated with silicon.

n To make a claim after buying petrol at Tesco call 0800 028 6428 and to make a claim after buying petrol at Morrisons call 0845 611 6111.

n Have you been a victim of to contaminated petrol? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Garages still in dark over parts

When the problems started to come to light demand for the oxygen sensors soared leaving many cars unfixable and motorists stranded until more sensors were delivered to garages.

Peter Evans, service advisor with Marshall Vauxhall in Ipswich, said he could not be sure exactly when more oxygen sensors would be received.

He said: “We are in the dark too. We are still waiting for the parts and haven't been given a delivery date.

“There has been such a great demand for the parts, with all makes and models. Normally we get a few problems with the part every year because sometimes they can be faulty, but nothing on this level.”

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