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    Are High Octane Gasolines Really Necessary?

    Over the past few years, more and more television ads for premium high-octane gasolines claim that they will "drive your engine clean," reduce auto maintenance costs, and benefit cars in other ways.

    Induced by these claims, millions of motorists have paid the high prices for "ultra," "super," "gold," and premium gasoline with octane levels as high as 94, thinking that the beneift of these gasolines justified the high price.

    However, last year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the federal agency charged with finding and punishing consumer fraud, charged that Exxon Corporation's advertising, suggesting that more expensive high-octane gasoline will benefit motorists, was misleading and unsubstantiated. As a result, Exxon entered into an agreement with the FTC to run television advertisements telling the truth: that in most cases expensive high-octane gasoline is not necessary.

    Consumers are entitled to be told by manufacturers exactly what their products can and cannot do. Consumers are entitled not to be misled by unsubstantiated claims by manufacturers.

    If you suspect that you have purchased a product that is contaminated, that contains substances not listed on the ingredients, that may be harmful, or that doesn't do what it claims it can do, we would be pleased to hear from you. The Law Offices of Herbert Monheit helps people who have purchased products that are potentially dangerous or defective. We also help people who have purchased products that have been found to have lies or misrepresentations on their labels or advertising. We also help people who have been the victims of consumer fraud and misleading claims about products and services. If you wish to initiate a legal investigation into the possibility of

  • getting a full refund
  • having your medical bills paid to make sure a product found to be medically dangerous has not injured you and others
  • getting the manufacturer to change its practices, to change its misleading advertising or labelling, or to take a product off the market
  • forcing a company to make a product or service safer
  • getting a company to give back profits it has realized due to misleading claims
  • bringing a claim for consequences caused by these products


  • This informational piece was prepared by Monheit, Silverman & Fodera. If you would like more information on this topic, call us at (800) 220-LAW1, or use the "Do I Have A Case?" button on this web site.


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