February 25, 1997

Release # 97-072

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Petroleum Packers Inc. of Tampa, Fla., is recalling about 4,000 bottles of XCEL brand windshield washer fluid. The bottles of fluid, which contain methyl alcohol, are not labeled with the necessary warnings, precautionary measures, chemical identification, and instructions for first aid in the event of ingestion, as required by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Methyl alcohol is toxic and can cause blindness or death if ingested.

CPSC and Petroleum Packers are not aware of any injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

This recall involves XCEL windshield washer fluid sold in 1-gallon bottles sealed with black child-resistant closures. The bottles are labeled in part, "XCEL Windshield Washer Fluid Protects to 0o C UPC # 20923 05217."
XCEL Windshield Washer Fluid

W.L. Petrey, Reliance Oil Co., Fletcher Oil Co., B&B Cash Grocery, Bradenton Fuel Oil, and Super Valu stores in the Southeast and Midwest sold the fluid in the fall and winter of 1996 for about $1 a gallon.

Consumers should stop using the fluid immediately, and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Petroleum Packers at (800) 231-3133.

XCEL windshield washer fluid sold in bottles with red closures do not contain methyl alcohol and are not involved in this recall.