Claims payments exceed $1 million in BP gas recall

2012-09-07T19:15:00Z 2012-09-11T09:52:50Z Claims payments exceed $1 million in BP gas recallBowdeya Tweh bowdeya.tweh@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
September 07, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

BP has paid more than $1.5 million to people after its multistate gasoline recall last month and is still in the process of handling nearly 14,000 claims.

Of the 15,965 claims submitted, 2,315 claims have been paid a total of $1,515,740 as of Wednesday, according to information BP sent to the Indiana attorney general's office.

Indiana residents have filed 59 percent of the claims, and Illinois residents have filed 33 percent of claims. BP has received nearly 26,000 calls from people regarding the recall.

BP spokesman Scott Dean said Friday the company will continue to send payments to people who have filed legitimate claims under its fuel quality guarantee.

Last month the company identified more than 4.7 million gallons of fuel, 3.4 million of which was shipped from Indiana, that was off specification. The problem fuel sold during a period of weeks contained a higher than normal volume of polymeric residue. When the fuel reached vehicles, it caused problems that included hard starting, stalling and damage to critical vehicle components.

BP pledged the gasoline being delivered to its branded outlets and other stations it supplies meets quality standards.

Dean said BP will continue to operate the dedicated claim center as needed, but added the volume of claims coming to the company is down from a week earlier.

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