Fuel Doctor sued
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Calabasas-based Fuel Doctor, which makes a small device it claims can increase vehicle miles per gallon by 25 percent, was sued by a consumer who says it did nothing for her car.
Mlissa Drinville filed her lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging false advertising and unfair competition.
She is asking for an injunction to stop the company from claiming the device increases fuel efficiency, along with unspecified damages. She also wants to add other consumers to the suit and make it a class action.
Fuel Doctor makes the FD-47, which plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter.
Mark Soffa, president of Fuel Doctor, said the product has gone thorough evaluation by reputable testers worldwide and has been proven effective. He said it works better on cars two years or older.
"We'll be more than happy to take anybody on, we have all our ducks in a row,'' Soffa said.
Soffa disputed findings by Consumer Reports, cited in the lawsuit, that all the FD-47 does is "light up when it's plugged in.''
According to the lawsuit, Drinville bought an FD-47 at Best Buy last year and followed the product's directions by plugging it into her car's cigarette lighter socket. Her car is more than two years old, the complaint states.
"(Drinville) was extremely disappointed and frustrated when she experienced no increase in her vehicle's mileage per gallon,'' the suit states.
Drinville's results contrast with Fuel Doctor's alleged representations that the device increases mileage by up to 25 percent, the suit states.
Fuel Doctor sells the devices for $60, the suit states.
"As a result, defendants have wrongfully taken millions of dollars from California consumers,'' according to the suit.
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