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October 24, 2014

State officials take two motor oil brands off no-sale list

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:14 pm | Updated: 7:47 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

Officials on Tuesday lifted a statewide ban for two motor oils that previously failed to meet the state’s minimum quality standards, according to a press release.

State regulators removed Halco SAE 40 and Accell SAE 30 from a list of substandard and potentially harmful motor oils, published by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ Weights and Measures Division. The department on June 9 issued the original a no-sale order for several brands of motor oil, making them illegal for Alabama retailers to sell.

Division director Stacy Boshell said in a previous interview that some of the oils, including the Halco and Accell brands, contained viscosity levels that differed from their labels, which could lead to engine failure and possibly cause driving hazards. Additional laboratory tests, however, found that the two oils now exceed minimum quality standards, the report stated.

The oils that remain on the list include:  Bullseye 20W- 50;  Bullseye 10W- 30; Bullseye 5W- 30; and  all Black Knight engine lubricating oils.

The Bullseye oils also contained incorrect viscosity levels, while the Black Knight products had less significant errors in labeling, Boshell said.

The report added that some of the Black Knight and Bullseye products that remain on the no-sale list have also been banned in other states. The organization encouraged consumers to cease using the motor oils listed.

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