SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Federal-Mogul
Wagner Brake brand is reaching out to automotive parts distributors and
service providers to increase awareness of the new packaging “LeafMark”
designation covering “low copper” compliant brake pads. Recent
legislation in California and Washington has mandated the dramatic
reduction of copper and other potentially hazardous substances in
original equipment and replacement brake pads and shoes.
To help professional technicians and consumers determine whether brake
pads comply with the low copper requirements, the Automotive Aftermarket
Suppliers Association (AASA) and industry brake manufacturing registrar
NSF International established a series of LeafMark designations to be
used on product packaging:
Level “A” designates compliance with requirements concerning cadmium,
chromium, lead, mercury and asbestos. Level “A” compliance is required
by Jan. 1, 2014, in California and January 2015 in Washington state.
Level “B” designates compliance with each of the above metals all of
the requirements of Level “A” as well as copper, which must be reduced
to less than 5 percent of material weight. Level “B” compliance is
required by 2021.
Level “N” designates compliance with the “Zero Copper” requirement, which takes effect in 2025.
Federal-Mogul recently introduced Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT brake
pads featuring what Federal-Mogul states to be the first full-line
offering of 2021-compliant low-copper formulations. The Level “B”
LeafMark designation, indicating full compliance with 2021 requirements,
is now being added to ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT packaging.
“Thousands of automotive service providers are now beginning to see the
industry’s low-copper LeafMark on Wagner ThermoQuiet packaging,” said
Martin Hendricks, vice president and general manager, braking,
Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment. “Federal-Mogul and Wagner
Brake are proud to lead the industry in adopting of these important new
product requirements at the OE and aftermarket levels.”
To learn more about the industry’s shift to low- and zero-copper brake pads, visit www.WagnerBrake.com
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