February 18, 1999Pennzoil-Quaker State Company
Announces Withdrawal of its Fix-A-Flat® Tire Inflator Products
Houston, TX (SafetyAlerts) - Pennzoil-Quaker State Company announced today that it is
voluntarily withdrawing all of its Fix-A-Flat® tire inflator products. The
company is immediately withdrawing the products because it recently learned of a tire
safety issue involving practices that are inconsistent with safe automotive tire repair
procedures and contrary to explicit warnings on each Fix-A-Flat® automotive
tire inflator product label. Reformulated Fix-A-Flat® tire inflator products
will be on store shelves nationwide within a few weeks.
In rare instances, an explosion may occur if a
tire repaired with the Fix-A-Flat® tire inflator product is subjected to
extreme heat by welding on, or applying a flame to, the wheel rim with the tire still on
the rim. The products included in this voluntary withdrawal are: Fix-A-Flat®
cone-top cans; Fix-A-Flat® cans; Super Fix-A-Flat® cans, and Big
Wheel Fix-A-Flat® cans.
- Consumers who have purchased Fix-A-Flat® tire
inflator products should call the Fix-A-Flat® toll-free Consumer Products
Information Line to return old products to Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and to receive
reformulated products at no cost. The toll-free number, 800/532-5000, operates 24 hours
each day, seven days a week.
- Consumers should not use or throw away old
Fix-A-Flat® tire inflator products.
The company has contacted its retailers and
distributors to inform them of the voluntary product withdrawal, ask for their assistance
in removing Fix-A-Flat® tire inflator products from their retail outlets and
warehouses, and return of all products to the Pennzoil-Quaker State Company.
Pennzoil-Quaker State Company has informed the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) about this matter. Pennzoil-Quaker State Company is committed to the
highest quality and safety standards for all of its products. Protecting the safety and
health of consumers, customers, employees and the community is fundamental to the way the
company conducts its business.
It is important for automotive tire repair and
maintenance technicians and consumers to remember to consistently practice commonly
accepted safety procedures in repairing a tire.
- Pennzoil-Quaker State Company reminds automotive
tire repair and maintenance technicians and consumers of commonly accepted safety
procedures to follow in repairing a tire regardless of whether a tire inflator product is
- Work only in an open, well-ventilated area.
- Fully deflate the tire. If you are uncertain about
the presence in the tire of the contents of a tire inflator product, you should assume one
may be present.
- Never weld on a rim without first removing the tire
from the rim.
- Do not expose the tire to extreme heat, flames or
sparks whether on the wheel rim or not.
- Pennzoil-Quaker State Company is distributing
guidelines for safe tire repair practices, at no charge, to retailers and automotive
- The company also is reminding employees in its
franchised and licensed retail operations of safe tire repair practices.
For more information, please visit the Fix-A-Flat®
voluntary withdrawal page of our Pennzoil-Quaker State web site. This page includes
photos of the withdrawn Fix-A-Flat® products, consumer instructions, frequently asked
questions and safety information.
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