Pennzoil-Quaker State Company Announces Withdrawal of Its Fix-A-Flat(R)

18 February 1999

Pennzoil-Quaker State Company Announces Withdrawal of Its Fix-A-Flat(R) Tire Inflator Products
    HOUSTON, Feb. 18 -- Pennzoil-Quaker State Company
announced today that it is voluntarily withdrawing all of its Fix-A-Flat(R)
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(R) automotive tire inflator product
label.  Reformulated Fix-A-Flat(R) 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(R) 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(R) cone-top
cans; Fix-A-Flat(R) cans; Super Fix-A-Flat(R) cans, and Big Wheel(TM)
Fix-A-Flat(R) cans.

    -- Consumers who have purchased Fix-A-Flat(R) tire inflator products
       should call the Fix-A-Flat(R) 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(R) tire inflator

    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(R) 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 used:

       -- Work only in an open, well-ventilated area.
       -- Do not smoke.
       -- 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 repair
    -- The company also is reminding employees in its franchised and licensed
       retail operations of safe tire repair practices.

    This press release is also available on the Pennzoil-Quaker State Company
website at:

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