MDA Removes 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluids From Sale, 303 Manufacturers Recall Product

GovDelivery logoMissouri retailers of tractor hydraulic fluid (303) have been notified by the Department that these products are misbranded because they fail to meet any current tractor manufacturer’s specifications. The John Deere (JD) 303 designation is 57 years old and has been obsolete for 43 years. In addition, there are no specifications available for 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluids and, as such, products making only “303” claims cannot be tested to assure compliance with any known specifications. This action is being taken to protect tractor owners from equipment damage.

Over the summer the Department sampled 14 different 303 fluids, many claiming to work in almost every tractor. All 14 of these 303 fluids failed to meet current specifications and were found to be underperforming to the point that damage was likely to result from use.

Companies have been given the opportunity to revise their claims on the container to clearly identify the appropriate use of the product therein. The Department is working with manufacturers, distributors and retailers to ensure a low cost product with accurate labeling is available in the State of Missouri.

In the end, this action was taken to protect you and every other tractor owner in Missouri from damage to equipment. We are continuing to work with companies to revise their product claims or provide a higher quality product that meets a verifiable OEM tractor specification.

Notice to retailers with 303 products

Please contact your oil supplier to return any mislabeled 303 products for full credit. If you experience a problem with your return, please contact Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division Director Ron Hayes at (573) 751-4316.

Antifreeze/Coolant Notice

The Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division has tested the following Antifreeze/Coolant products which fail to meet Missouri’s requirements for one or more of the following reasons: The product contains less than the declared net contents on the label, the product did not contain the advertised contents declared on package labeling or the product fails to meet the advertised blend of ethylene glycol and water labeled on the package.

These products may cause damage to passenger car engines and are prohibited by state law.

The following products cannot be offered for sale in the State of Missouri:

  • Bullseye
  • MAG 5 Star
  • North Atlantic
  • Orbit
  • Polar Zone
  • Questron
  • Super XXX
  • Supreme XXX
  • Xpress Lube Pro

Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Notice

The Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division has also tested the following Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) products which fail to meet Missouri’s requirements for one or more of the following reasons: the product does not contain the advertised contents declared on package labeling, or contains less than the declared net contents on the label.

The following products cannot be offered for sale in the State of Missouri:

  • Approved ATF Type A
  • Black Knight ATF Type A
  • Bullseye ATF Type A
  • Formula 100 ATF
  • Mach 4 ATF Type A
  • Orbit ATF Type A
  • Star ATF Type A
  • Super XXX ATF
  • Value ATF Type A
  • Warco ATF Type A
  • Xpress Lube Pro ATF Type A

Motor Oil Product Notice

The Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division has tested the following Motor oil products which fail to meet Missouri’s requirements for one or more of the following reasons: the product contains used motor oil, is labeled with the wrong SAE viscosity, or contains less than the declared net contents on the label.

The following products cannot be offered for sale in the State of Missouri:

  • Apex 5W30 SG/CD
  • Black Knight 10-30 SB/CB
  • Black Knight 10-40 SB/CB
  • Black Knight 20-50 SB/CB
  • Bullseye 5W30 SC/CC
  • Bullseye 10W30 SC/CC
  • Bullseye 10W40 SC/CC
  • Challenger 10W30 SB
  • City Star 5W30 SA
  • City Star 10W30 SA
  • Liberty 10W30
  • Orbit 5-30
  • Orbit 5W30 SB
  • Orbit 10-30
  • Orbit 10W30 SB
  • Orbit 10-40
  • Orbit 10W40 SB
  • Pinnacle Platinum 10W30
  • Royal 10W-30 SA
  • Royal 10W-40 SA
  • Star Petroleum 5W-30 SB
  • Star Petroleum 10W30 SB
  • Star Petroleum 10W40 SB
  • Super XX 5W-30
  • Super XX 5W30 SB
  • Super XXX 5W30 SB
  • Super XXX 10W40 SM
  • Super XXX 10W-40 SB
  • TruStar 5-30 SC/CC
  • TruStar 10-40 SC/CC
  • US Economy 5-30
  • Xpress Lube Pro 5W-30
  • Xpress Lube Pro 10W-30
  • Xpress Lube Pro 10W-40

Additionally, the Petroleum Quality Institute of America, an independent resource for information on quality and performance of lubricants, has issued consumer alerts for various products under the following brands:

  • AP Lubes Supertech
  • Auto Club
  • Bullet
  • Bullseye
  • City Star
  • CRUZ-IN
  • Everclear
  • GX20
  • Liberty
  • Liberty Gold
  • MAG 5 Star
  • Maxi Guard
  • Mileage 365
  • Morgas
  • Orbit
  • Platinum Plus
  • Q
  • REV 360
  • Royal
  • Royal Star
  • Silogram
  • SMB
  • Star Petroleum
  • Super XXX
  • Tri Star
  • US Spirit
  • U.S. Economy
  • Xpress Lube Pro
  • Xtreme 2000

Effective July 1, 2013, national regulations require a cautionary statement on motor oil labels that advertise inactive or obsolete service categories.