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Maker Recalls Fix-A-Flat Products

February 18, 1999

HOUSTON (AP) _ Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. is voluntarily recalling its Fix-A-Flat tire inflator products, saying they might cause tires to explode if improperly exposed to extreme heat after use.

The product container includes two warnings on the can against welding or applying flame to wheel rims holding tires that have been inflated with Fix-A-Flat. But there have been six explosions resulting from improper use, killing one person and injuring five, company spokesman Greg Panagos said Thursday.

The company has been named in one lawsuit resulting from the explosions.

Pennzoil-Quaker State is reformulating the product to make it non-inflammable, Panagos said. It will be distributed in the next few weeks.

The company will withdraw all Fix-A-Flat products from store shelves. The company has sold 30 million cans of Fix-A-Flat, Super Fix-A-Flat and Big Wheel Fix-A-Flat.

Consumers who have purchased the product are asked to call the company at (800) 532-5000 to find out how to exchange their cans for the reformulated product.

Pennzoil-Quaker State also will distribute pamphlets detailing acceptable tire repair practices, regardless of whether a tire inflator product is used.

The recall and reformulation will cost the company $25 million, Panagos said.

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