Consumer Protection Mission
Type of Matter
|BST Enterprises, Inc.||D9276||5/30/97||Misrepresented and Unsubstantiated Performance Claims||Automotive Braking System|
|RustEvader Corporation||D9274||11/01/96||False and Unsubstantiated Efficacy and Performance Claims||Automotive Rust- Control Product|
BST Enterprises, Inc.; Michael Woodruff
The Commission issued an order making final an initial decision by an Administrative Law Judge in regard to BST and corporation officer Michael Woodruff. According to the Judge, advertisements claiming that BST's add-on vehicle braking system is an antilock braking system (ABS) that protects against wheel lockup were deceptive and misleading. The decision upheld the Commission's complaint against BST that the add-on devices promoted as genuine ABS are, in fact, substantially different in design and operation from true factory-installed ABS and do not prevent or substantially reduce wheel lockup and skidding. The order bars BST and its president from using the term "ABS" in connection with their retrofitted brakes and from making false or unsubstantiated claims about the performance, benefits, or safety of the brakes.
RustEvader Corporation (a/k/a Rust Evader Corporation, d/b/a Rec Technologies)
The Commission issued an order making final an initial decision by an Administrative Law Judge in regard to RustEvader. The initial decision prohibited RustEvader from using the names "Rust Evader" or "Rust Buster" for a purported electronic corrosion-control device for automobiles that the Judge said is not effective in substantially reducing corrosion, despite the company's advertising campaign to the contrary. The Commission alleged that RustEvader made false claims about this product and about a demonstration and studies regarding its efficacy. The final order prohibits RustEvader from using the two brand names; misrepresenting the performance, efficacy, or attributes of any automotive product; and conditioning warranty coverage on the purchase of certain brand-named or trade-named products or services. The former president of the company is also required to pay consumer redress (see RustEvader Corporation, page 87).