WASHINGTON - A Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge has upheld charges that a Spokane, Wash., manufacturer made false claims about an add-on car braking system.
Judge Lewis Parker found that advertisements claiming that the Brake Guard Safety System performs as effectively as factory-installed antilock braking systems are false, the FTC said.
Parker's ruling upholds charges the FTC brought in 1995 against Brake Guard Products Inc.
The ruling prohibits Brake Guard from using the term 'ABS' in marketing its product.
Parker also barred the company from misrepresenting the performance characteristics of its brakes, the availability of insurance discounts resulting from installation of the brakes, and the brakes' compliance with certain government performance standards.
Brake Guard also must notify all distributors and purchasers that the FTC has found that marketing claims stating that the product is an ABS system are false.
Brake Guard officials could not be reached for comment.
Brake Guard sold the systems to dealers who charged consumers $283 to $349 for the product, the FTC said. At least 400,000 of the systems were sold from 1990-96, with revenue of $10.4 million, the FTC said.