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New Law Bans Sale of Certain Motor Oils in California; Target of Class Action Lawsuit

April 3, 2016

New Law Bans Sale of Certain Motor Oils in California; Target of Class Action Lawsuit

California has banned the sale of engine oils that don’t meet current API service classifications or OEM specifications, effective Jan. 1, 2016. At the same time, a major retailer, Dollar General, is the target of class action lawsuits, charging that the sale of “obsolete oils” in its stores will damage vehicle engines. Retailers are urged to check their shelves to ensure that motor oils sold to consumers meet at least one active API classification, one active sequence of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), or one active original equipment manufacturer specification.