NEWARK, NJ - New Jersey's Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Wednesday that 19 motor oils are now banned in the state. The New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures lab revealed in December that each of the now-banned products failed to conform to the viscosity promised on the product label which may result in the risk of engine failure and excess engine wear. The banned products may no longer be sold in New Jersey and any business that continues to sell them will be subject to a civil penalty of at least $100 per container.
Viscosity is a measure of a liquid's tendency to flow and motor oils are labeled by their viscosity fluid rates. The "W" stands for Winter and the lower the "W" number the better the oil will perform in cold temperatures, ie, a 30 oil is thinner than a 40 oil. Hoffman explained that the use of a motor oil with viscosity levels that are either too high or too low for a vehicle's engine specifications may result in the risk of engine failure, excess engine wear, and/or decreased fuel efficiency. As an example, he cited motor oils which were labeled 10W-40 and which the NJ lab found to have viscosity measures that widely varied from the universally defined characteristics of 10W-40 motor oil.
Banned Motor Oils
The products listed below typically sell for about $3 to $4 per quart bottle:
"Many of these allegedly mislabeled motor oils are sold at cheap prices,
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.
“We continue to monitor the marketplace for motor oils that are mislabeled