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Gas pump inaccuracies both help, hurt consumer

AUSTIN (AP) - Gas pump prices aren't always what they appear to be. Sometimes that helps consumers, and sometimes it hurts them.

A total of 5,778 pumps inspected by the state last year gave the wrong amount of gasoline or had other problems. That's about 5% of the 109,369 pumps inspected, according to a report in the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle.

Almost 28% of the problem pumps shorted customers beyond a small variance allowed by the state. On the flip side, 27% of the pumps gave more gasoline than they should have. That's according to data from Texas Department of Agriculture inspection reports.

The percentage reflects only inspection categories that measure gas output, not other problems that can affect pump accuracy and also potentially short the customer.

The newspapers reported that since 2005, the percentage of inspected pumps found to have problems has ranged from 5.3 to 6.4 annually.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples asked motorists to be aware of their gas-tank capacity. He says to report any problems to his agency at 1-800-Tell-TDA. The state inspects pumps every four years and examines any that get complaints.

Record high gasoline prices greeted Fourth of July travelers on Texas highways. AAA Texas on Friday reported the statewide average for self-serve regular was $3.96 per gallon, up 3 cents compared to last week.

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