Gas pump latches to be removed at some stations

August 24, 2010 5:37:36 PM PDT
You know those latches on a gas pump that keep the gas flowing so you can walk away and clean the windshield?

They are now being removed from about one third of all gas stations in California.

It means you'll have to hold the nozzle while you pump gas, if you're at one of those stations.

Why is this happening?

The state's fire marshal says latches at about 3,000 gas stations can malfunction and spew gas all over customers and the ground.

The gas stations have until October 15th to get them off.

The company that makes the nozzles is working on a repair, but it's not clear how long it will take, or how much it will cost the gas stations.