LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The state has advised drivers to stop using motor oil and transmission fluid manufactured by Detroit-area companies, saying they may cause damage to vehicles.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Sept. 12 issued Stop-Use and Stop-Removal orders for motor oil or transmission fluid manufactured, packaged and distributed by City Petroleum (dba City Star) of Dearborn or Star Petroleum of Detroit.
The amount of oil and transmission fluid often wasn't as much as the container listed, an 11-month MDARD investigation found, shorting consumers and violating Michigan's Weights and Measures Act.
Additionally, the motor oil often didn't meet oil type specifications. It often didn't have the correct viscosity -- or thickness -- to qualify as the type of oil the labels claimed.
“When products don’t meet viscosity levels it can cause lasting damage to vehicles. So, it’s vital that consumers and business stop using or selling these products immediately," MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams said in a statement.
Under the Stop-Use and Stop-Removal orders, City Petroleum and Star Petroleum motor oil and transmission fluid should not be used nor sold in the state.
The products were sold at small independent gas stations and discount and party stores. Some may have been sold at oil change facilities.
Anyone who has purchased the products should dispose of it. Information on how to properly do so can be found at www.earth911.org.
Images of the recalled motor oil can be found on the MDARD website here.
Complaints about the products may be made to:
Michigan Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Toll free: 877-765-8388
www.michigan.gov/ag (click on "File A Complaint")
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Consumer Protection Section
940 Venture Lane
Williamston, MI 48895
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