Esso issues statement on 'contaminated fuel' fears at Tesco petrol station

An inquiry is underway as several motorists may have been affected by potential "contaminated fuel" from a petrol station in Northamptom. Multiple drivers voiced their irritation on social media, outlining vehicle problems that appeared after they'd filled up.

Panic arose around the idea that some had inadvertently tanked up with potentially diesel-contaminated petrol. Early this week, one worried motorist posted a warning on Facebook advising against using the petrol station in question.

They alerted: "Heads up Tesco garage on Wellingborough Road contaminated unleaded fuel. My daughter's car been in [the] garage since Saturday after filling up on Friday.

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"This is [100 per cent] correct. Just been down [the] garage, all unleaded pumps blocked off. Been given a number to call Esso customer care. My daughter has rung the garage where her car is and they have had another car in with the same problem."

A Facebook member commented: "My daughter filled up with unleaded and her car wouldn't start. AA came out and said it was dodgy petrol."

"She had to have the tank emptied and cleaned for £250. She went to the Tesco petrol station and they said the wrong petrol had been put in the tanks and gave her information for customer service and took her details."

Another one stated: "I put my fuel in on Friday 17th and it started playing up right away. It's been in the garage since Saturday. Told the garage the situation today and they tested the fuel and it was indeed diesel."

A spokesperson for Esso confirmed to the Northampton Chronicle that an investigation is underway. They stated: "At Esso, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our fuel and take incidents of suspected fuel quality issues very seriously."

"We are currently investigating concerns reported at Abington Express service station and the impact that may have had on customers."

"Sales from the potentially affected pumps have been halted. Customers who may have been affected should contact Esso Customer Care on 0207 136 1798."