METUCHEN, N.J.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) applauds the Attorney General of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for taking action to protect its citizens from harmful motor oils and transmission fluids. The state recently ordered the removal of City Star motor oils and transmission fluids from retail shelves and out of the fast lube shops. PQIA recognizes this as in important action to protect what for many is the second biggest investment they make; their cars.
“This comes as good news to consumers and the Petroleum Quality Institute of America”
PQIA is an independent resource for information and insights on the quality of lubricants in the marketplace. The mission of the organization is to educate and serve consumers of commercial, consumer, and industrial lubricants by monitoring and reporting on the quality of lubricants in the marketplace.
On September 12, 2013, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued Stop-Use and Stop-Removal orders for motor oil and transmission fluid manufactured, packaged, and/or distributed by City Petroleum (doing business as City Star) of Dearborn and Star Petroleum of Detroit. As part of an 11 month investigation, MDARD discovered that the motor oil and transmission fluids being sold by these companies did not contain the amount of product claimed. Additionally, the motor oil did not meet the viscosity labeled on the containers. The Stop-Use and Stop-Removal orders meant no City Petroleum or Star Petroleum motor oil or transmission fluid can be sold or used in the State of Michigan.
"This comes as good news to consumers and the Petroleum Quality Institute of America," said Thomas F. Glenn, President of PQIA. "We have examined and reported on samples of City Star motor oils and have issued a number of Consumer Alerts on these products. In addition to other issues, one of the more concerning is that none of the samples tested even came close to meeting industry specifications," says Glenn. To underscore just how far off specification the products were, the viscosities of the products were nearly 75% below where they should be to meet that stated on their labels and required to protect car engines from wear.
"The viscosity of the oil speaks to its thickness (or its body) and its ability to act as a cushion to prevent wear and tear created by contact of moving parts in an engine And when you examine the City Star oil, it falls woefully short of providing such protection." In fact, Glenn adds, "if you shake the bottle it will sound much more like water than oil and a product this thin will do very little to protect your engine."
In addition to serious deficiencies in viscosity, the City Star samples tested by PQIA contained little or none of the vital additives needed to protect engines from wear, sludge, and corrosion. Such non-additized oils are labeled as API SA, and, even if they met the appropriate viscosity requirements, are still considered by the API to be unsuitable for car engines build after 1930, and "may cause unsatisfactory performance or equipment harm" in more modern engines.
And for those that think these oils are hard to find in the marketplace, think again. In addition to Michigan, PQIA observed this brand at convenience stores and other retail outlets in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. In many instances, the City Star brand was the predominate one on the shelves.
So again, PQIA applauds the State of Michigan for taking action to protect its citizens by ordering these harmful motor oils and transmission fluids off the shelves.
For more information visit the PQIA web site at www.pqia.org or contact: Tom Glenn at 732-201-4033