Spectre Performance Lawsuit: Company Made False Claims
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Consumers who purchased an air filter or intake system sold by Spectre Performance.
- Consumers who purchased Spectre air filter or air intake systems may be able to seek compensation for the cost of their product in light of a federal court's findings that the company misrepresented that these products could increase gas mileage and horsepower.
- Spectre Performance
- Additional Details
- Spectre Performance sells car products and kits which claim to increase horsepower and provide better fuel economy.
- In Dec. 2011, a federal court found that Spectre made false claims regarding the benefits of its air filters and air intake systems, including statements about the products' fuel savings, horsepower capabilities and efficiency.
Consumers who purchased an air filter or intake system sold by Spectre Performance may have legal recourse to recover the cost of their purchase. Although these products are sold under claims that they can improve fuel economy and horsepower performance, a federal court has found that these claims are false and that the company misrepresented the benefits of these products. Because consumers may have purchased Spectre Performance air filters and intake systems under false pretenses, they may be able to file a claim seeking compensation for money spent on these products.
Spectre Air Filter Efficiency and Quality
In a Spectre Performance lawsuit lodged by a competitor, it was alleged that the company made false claims concerning its air filters and intake systems, specifically the products’ fuel economy, air flow, filtration, horsepower capabilities and approval from the California Air Resource Board (CARB). A jury in the lawsuit found that the company had falsely advertised its air filters and intake systems, and in Dec. 2011, a federal court released a final judgment and permanent injunction affirming that the company had indeed misrepresented the efficiency, performance, and benefits of these products.
In its opinion, the court held that Spectre Performance falsely represented the fuel economy of its air filters and intake systems, which were designed to "save gas" and provided with packaging expressing that efficient air filters can provide "up to 10% better fuel economy," resulting in fuel savings for the consumer. The court found that not only were these claims misrepresented, but expressed that research revealed that air filters have little to no effect on a car's fuel economy. The federal court also addressed claims by Spectre regarding the independent laboratory testing of its Speed By Spectre hpR filters, which were advertised as having been "proven to filter 99.6% of particles." The court found that the company did not select an air filter from a production run for these tests, and instead used a specially designed test filter, providing no basis to find that any of the filters actually sold to consumers would have the same efficiency as the test sample. Furthermore, the court found that a "Dyno Gains" graph used by the company on its product packaging falsely indicated that replacing a car's filter with a Speed by Spectre hpR filter would result in a 35% increase in horsepower.
Legal Action for Spectre Air Filters, Intake Systems
In light of these allegations and court findings, a claim could be made that Spectre violated consumer protection laws in advertising and selling these products to the public. If the company misled consumers into purchasing a product that does not perform as advertised, legal recourse may be available to consumers who bought a Spectre air filter or intake system believing allegedly false claims made by the company.
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