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Sacramento, CA– The California Office of the State Fire Marshal is mandating the removal of hold open latches on all Vapor System Technologies (VST) nozzles in approximately 3,000 gas stations statewide.

Some VST nozzles have allowed gasoline to be unexpectedly sprayed before the nozzle is inserted in the vehicle’s gas tank. To date, 13 spraying incidents have been reported and confirmed by the California Air Resources Board. Seven of the incidents resulted in consumers being sprayed with gasoline. Station owners or operators are obligated to remove the hold open latches by October 15, 2010 to remain in operation.

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