Originally created 11/05/04

Brake cleaner cans recalled



WASHINGTON - Valvoline Co., a Division of Ashland Inc., is recalling about 2.8 million cans of brake cleaner due to a defective spray valve that might stick in the open position and empty the flammable contents, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

There were nine complaints about the spray valve sticking. One person was injured when the product sprayed into his eye.

The defective 13 oz. Pyroil Non-Chlorinated Brake Parts Cleaner and NAPA Non-chlorinated Brake Cleaner have spray valves that might stick when depressed, the commission said.

The cleaner spray, made in the United States, was sold for about $2 at auto parts retail stores nationwide from March 2004 through September 2004. Consumers should check the commission's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05037.html for the recalled cans' date codes, located on the bottom of the cans.

Consumers should stop using the recalled cleaner immediately and contact Valvoline for a free replacement at 800-255-3533 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

On the Net:

Consumer Product Safety Commission: www.cpsc.gov

Valvoline Co.: www.valvoline.com