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THE ACCUSED: Kerry Buddle outside Lower Hutt District Court in August. She is alleged to have used a bogus credit card at a Lower Hutt motel.

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THE ACCUSED: Kerry Buddle outside Lower Hutt District Court in August. She is alleged to have used a bogus credit card at a Lower Hutt motel.

The United States-made product, Xtreme Fuel Treatment, has attracted a raft of warnings on websites, as well as many testimonials.

Consumer NZ research and testing manager Hamish Wilson said its advice was not to use these types of products.

“We suspect it does not do what it claims, but we have no proof because it has not been tested. We will not test it because we are not going to spend money on a product like this.

“We think it is the responsibility of people bringing them into the country to have them properly tested. If there was anything really in it, why would it not have been adopted by the oil industry or similar?”

Most of the ingredients listed in the product had already been added to petrol in New Zealand, he said.

“Do not put these things in your car.”

The Commerce Commission, which can investigate complaints about selling schemes, has not received any complaints about the product or the way it is sold.

But a commission spokesman said: “It would be prudent for anyone buying a fuel additive to check with a motor mechanic that it can do what is claimed.”

Buddle denied allegations on websites that the new business she is in is a scam.

The Dominion Post