Good News! Michigan Takes Another Big Step to Protect its Citizens from Engine Damaging Motor Oils
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PQIA tips its hat to Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Jamie Clover Adams, Director MDARD for its efforts to protect its citizens from engine damaging motor oils.
In what is clearly starting to look like a crackdown to protect its citizens from lubricant manufacturers taking advantage of the citizens of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) now issues a Stop-Use and Stop-Removal Order on all motor oils sold by Bullseye Automotive
Lubricants, Inc. under the Bullseye brand.
This is the second Stop-Use and Stop-Removal Order the state of Michigan issued in the past 30 days. The first was a Stop-Use Stop Removal issued on City Petroleum (dba City Star) of Dearborn and Star Petroleum of Detroit after finding the products did not comply with the Michigan Weights and Measures Act, 1964 Public Act 283.
The MDARD says it has conducted a state-wide investigation over the past 12 months, including sampling and testing of motor oils from retail shelves, and found that products manufactured, packaged, and/or distributed by Bullseye Automotive Lubricants consistently contained less product than the label represents.
In addition, MDARD says laboratory tests of the Bullseye motor oils have consistently demonstrated that the product does not meet the labeled viscosity grade specifications as required in the current version of SAE J300. As such, the packaging of these products is misleading and does not conform to the packaging requirements in section 3.1 of the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations contained in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 130. Use of these products may damage vehicles and engines.
The MDARD actions mean these products should no longer be used, immediately be removed from store shelves or other product displays, and no longer offered for sale in the state of Michigan.
While it's good to see the state of Michigan is taking aggressive action to protect its citizens from some really bad - engine and transmission damaging products on the market, PQIA continues to ask, what are other states doing to protect their citizens from the slop sold in their states?
PQIA has found the Bullseye, City Star, and other seriously deficient products sold in many other states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
PQIA certainly hopes other states will follow Michigan's fine example of action, and we stand ready to assist with those efforts.