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Brake Legislation

Brake Legislation

In 2010, the states of California and Washington passed laws which require brake pad friction manufacturers to reduce or eliminate some of the materials used in their formulations.  AMS Automotive proudly supports and participates in these efforts.

While each state has different marking requirements for compliance to these laws and different timelines, in principle, they both mean to accomplish the same task.  Both of these laws mean to create limits of the following materials:

  • Copper
  • Asbestiform
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Lead (and its compounds)
  • Mercury (and its compounds)

How Does It Work?

All materials and/or packaging for disc brake pads must have the proper markings for product manufactured after January 1, 2014 for state of California, and January 1, 2015 for the state of Washington.

Materials and/or packaging will be designated with a letter and/or symbol to signify the friction materials level of compliance.

Letter “A”

Contains more 5% of Copper by Weight

Asbestiform fibers, 0.1 percent by weight;

Cadmium and its compounds, 0.01 percent by weight;

Chromium (VI)-salts, 0.1 percent by weight;

Lead and its compounds, 0.1 percent by weight; or

Mercury and its compounds, 0.1 percent by weight

Letter “B”

Contains between 0.5% and 5% of Copper by Weight

Asbestiform fibers, 0.1 percent by weight;

Cadmium and its compounds, 0.01 percent by weight;

Chromium (VI)-salts, 0.1 percent by weight;

Lead and its compounds, 0.1 percent by weight; or

Mercury and its compounds, 0.1 percent by weight

Letter “N”

Contains less than 0.5% of Copper by Weight

Asbestiform fibers, 0.1 percent by weight;

Cadmium and its compounds, 0.01 percent by weight;

Chromium (VI)-salts, 0.1 percent by weight;

Lead and its compounds, 0.1 percent by weight; or

Mercury and its compounds, 0.1 percent by weight

 

Markings

For the purpose of the California law, all disc brake pad edgecodes must designation their level of compliance.  This must be printed on all disc brake pads manufactured after January 1, 2014.

Example:

 

For the purpose of Washington law, all disc brake pad packaging must designation their level of compliance with the corresponding LeafMarks.  This must be printed on all packaging manufactured after January 1, 2015.

               

Contains more 5% of Copper by Weight

Asbestiform fibers, 0.1 percent by   weight;

Cadmium and its compounds, 0.01 percent   by weight;

Chromium (VI)-salts, 0.1 percent by   weight;

Lead and its compounds, 0.1 percent by   weight; or

Mercury and its compounds, 0.1 percent   by weight

Contains between 0.5% and 5% of Copper by Weight

Asbestiform fibers, 0.1 percent by   weight;

Cadmium and its compounds, 0.01 percent   by weight;

Chromium (VI)-salts, 0.1 percent by   weight;

Lead and its compounds, 0.1 percent by   weight; or

Mercury and its compounds, 0.1 percent   by weight

Contains less than 0.5% of Copper by Weight

Asbestiform fibers, 0.1 percent by   weight;

Cadmium and its compounds, 0.01 percent   by weight;

Chromium (VI)-salts, 0.1 percent by   weight;

Lead and its compounds, 0.1 percent by   weight; or

Mercury and its compounds, 0.1 percent   by weight

 

All of AMS Automotive’s self-certification documents are listed on the NSF websites, the official registrar.  Please visit the follow link -- http://info.nsf.org/Certified/autorp/listings.asp?standard=SAEJ2975

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