California is once again leading(?) the way in consumer protectionism by banning some engine oils considered obsolete by the API. Proponents of the bill felt it was necessary to protect consumers from mistakenly introducing engine oils into their passenger cars thereby not giving modern engines the protection they need.

A recent article in the online *Lube Report* details the plan as it rolled into effect.

Flash forward a bit and we see that ILMA (Independent Lubricant Manufactures Association) plans to ask the state for exemptions. A more recent article in the on-line *Lube Report* details the unintended consequences of this ban. Such exemptions would cover Antique vehicles, Racing Engines, and many home and Garden engines.

In todays environment of more classifications, if you want to make sure that you’re using the proper engine oils in your fleet, give us a call.