Fuel saving devices have been pulled from market!

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 08:22
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Four fuel saving products have been removed from the market because they can't substantiate claims they save motorists money.

In August last year the NSW Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation into six purported fuel saving products, after receiving a number of complaints about their effectiveness.

Four of those - produced by Magnoflow, Prozone, MPG-CAPS and FuelMAX/Super FuelMAX - have now been removed from the market, after the companies were unable to provide independent scientific evidence to back up their claims.

NSW Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge said the outcome was a win for motorists, particularly during tough economic times.

"This is a great outcome for consumers and sends a strong message to other companies who are thinking of misleading or attempting to rip off their customers," she said in a statement.

"Running the family car is a vital part of a family's budget and fuel saving products must seem like a godsend.

"I urge all motorists to be wary of advertising claims that sound too good to be true."

The two other products subject to the Fair Trading investigation - Fuelmate and the Fitch Fuel Catalyst - have been forced to remove all unsubstantiated claims from their websites and advertising material.

The two companies had claimed the products could "save consumers up to 25 per cent better fuel economy" and "from five-12 per cent fuel savings", Ms Judge said.

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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:05

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:05
Hopefully the Dept of Fair Trading will next force Electronic Rust Protection System advertisers to be honest in their advertising.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:15

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:15
The ludicrous claims of the "hiclone" would have been a good one to test as well, put it to bed once and for all!!
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . . (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:50

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:50
Yes, you have to really wonder why it did not get removed, after all they do advertise often and openly.

Some may find it difficult to accept hiclone may have been 'tested' and PASSED the Dept of Fair Trading requirements
Who will be the first to check that out ??
(no direct affiliation with the hiclone company .... )

Mainey . . .

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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:11

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:11
Gotta love the adverts on Imparja tv for the Hiclone ,LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:16

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:16
beat me to it....took the words right out of my fingertips
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:28

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:28
Good news,now I hope the other states will also show the carpetbaggers the door.

I guess Bill will looking for as real job soon LOL
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Reply By: Time - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:28

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 09:28
Anyone who is tempted by Snake Oil salesmen should read this first.
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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:05

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:05
I personally think that these con-men should be prosecuted for fraud.

At the height of the mobile-phone cancer publicity I had a fellow try to sell me a paper adhesive label for the phone battery which would "Totally eliminate harmful emissions". Wanted $50 for it!

I mean.... at least I would have used a foil label with a fancy circuit pattern on it!

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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:15

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:15
Ahhh ,but that adhesive was a super special type that made the harmful emissions "swirl " away and also give 25% better battery life , much like the Hiclone giving extra klm per lt ,,, LOL.
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Reply By: Geoff M (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 16:08

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 16:08
You fellas are just too sceptical .........

I put one Hiclone on and got the 25% increase just as advertised, so I put on a second one and got 50%. I was impressed to say the least, so I went ahead and put two more on and was driving around for free.

This then got me thinking and I put two more on (total of 6) and now when I pull into a servo they siphon 50 litres out of my tank and into theirs and pay me $50!

I'd put more on, but the servos said they would limit me to just the 50 litres.

So there ya go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 17:32

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 17:32
That one is almost worthy of inclusion in the friday funnies...........good one!

Craig
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 17:32

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 17:32
Damn that IE with the slow refresh rate.....or damn my impatient finger

one or t' other!
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:04

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:04
Geoff!!! Tooooo funny!! LOL......

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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 17:50

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 17:50
Bummer, I was just about to launch my magnetic fuel polariser (which saves fuel, and makes you look better and sexier as you drive), but sadly, all my R&D is now down the drain.
And my Pyramid Car Port, which removes rust and and restores engine performance as you park your car under it, is bound for the scrap heap as well.
Not to mention the karma crystals which, when you put in your glove box, emit trantic energy to give smoother engine power delivery, and lower emissions.
All down the drain, even with reams of testimonials.
You'd think the government would be supporting these enterprises when so many Aust businesses are going down the gurgler....
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Follow Up By: ian - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 18:22

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 18:22
That sounds great.
How do I order one?
ian
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