FTC proposes first motor fuel economy guide changes in 34 years

The Federal Trade Commission proposed amendments to its fuel economy guide for the first time since it adopted the guide in 1975.

The Federal Trade Commission proposed amendments to its fuel economy guide for the first time since it adopted the guide in 1975.

The guide, which the FTC developed to prevent deceptive advertising and facilitate the use of fuel economy information, would be amended to reflect technology improvements over the past 34 years and changes in the US Environmental Protection Agency's fuel economy labeling rules for new cars, the commission said on Apr. 24.

The changes fall into three separate areas, it said. The FTC's guide would adopt EPA's revised fuel economy labeling requirements. It would be modified to expand the scope of existing guidelines to include new vehicle types that run on fuels other than gasoline, such as natural gas and electricity. And it would include guidance related to cruising range information in advertisements for vehicles that run on alternative fuels.

The FTC said that it would publish a notice about the proposed changes in the Federal Register soon. Comments will be accepted through June 26.

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