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.  The California law applies to both passenger car and heavy-duty engine oils, engine oils sold packaged or in bulk, and for oil changes at service operations.

A recent investigative report by Good Morning America on the Dollar General lawsuits also uncovered number of engine oils on the shelves of other retailers that were in service categories considered to be “obsolete” by the American Petroleum Institute.

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