Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Stop-Sale Order Issued for City Star Motor Oil

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a stop-sale order on City Star 5W-30, 10W-30 and 10W-40 motor oils after they failed numerous quality tests. The stop-sale order applies to all bottles without date codes, with illegible codes and codes of 5/24/11 and earlier. More codes could be included as additional products are tested.

A variety of problems were discovered with the oils, including viscosity. Tests revealed most of the oils fell into a 20-grade or lower. “It doesn’t meet viscosity standards, and some bottles don’t contain required information listing the manufacturer, packager or distributor,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “In addition, because this oil is recycled from used motor oil, it should state that on its label. Unfortunately, that information is missing too.”