Kate Mawby with her Jeep, which was damaged by contaminated petrol. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
SAINSBURY’S has admitted water contaminated fuel pumps after eight motorists broke down at its garage in Hunnycross Way, Newport, last Saturday.
The company has launched an investigation into the incident after water got into drivers’ fuel tanks when they were filling up.
Andrew Mawby 53, of Worsley Road, Newport, said his Jeep failed to start after he filled up at the garage.
He and his family were due to go on a trip to the mainland.
His vehicle suffered £239 worth of damage but has since been repaired. The bill has been met by Sainsbury’s.
He said: "It was an absolute nightmare. I filled up, started the car and a hundred yards down the road, it just died.
"I phoned up the AA and went back to the garage. I noticed three other cars there. I realised there was something wrong with the fuel.
"When the AA guy turned up, he confirmed there was something wrong with the fuel."
Sainsbury’s said it would be offering the affected motorists a goodwill gesture in addition to covering the costs of repairs and other charges involved.
A spokesman said: "As soon as we became aware of the problem we isolated the affected pumps and spoke to the drivers who were affected to apologise for the inconvenience.
"Our forecourt is open and operating as usual."