Brake Friction Material Legislation

California Brake Friction Material Legislation Key Dates (Copper Legislation)

Regulation TimingEBC Brakes Status
• January 1, 2014 –
(a) On and after January 1, 2014, any motor vehicle brake friction materials containing any of the following constituents in an amount that exceeds the following concentrations shall not be sold in this state:(1) Cadmium and its compounds: 0.01 percent by
weight.
(2) Chromium (VI)-salts: 0.1 percent by weight.
(3) Lead and its compounds: 0.1 percent by weight.
(4) Mercury and its compounds: 0.1 percent by weight. (5) Asbestiform fibers: 0.1 percent by weight.(b) Motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors, wholesalers, or retailers of replacement brake friction materials may continue to offer for sale brake friction materials not certified as compliant with subdivision (a) solely for the purpose of depletion of inventories until December 31, 2023.
EBC Brakes meets this requirement.
• January 1, 2021 –
On and after January 1, 2021, any motor vehicle brake friction materials exceeding 5 percent copper by weight shall not be sold in this state.
EBC Brakes has long ago developed copper free materials and has already started to phase these in to the USA market in readiness for these laws to make sure stockists are not left "Holding the baby". Not only has EBC beaten all competitors in this regard EBC is a world first provider removing the heavy metal Antimony Trisulphide and has been supplying materials this way since January 2013. Cadmium,Nickel,Lead,Mercury or Asbestos have NEVER been in any friction materials supplied by EBC into the USA market.
• January 1, 2025 –
On and after January 1, 2025, any motor vehicle brake friction materials exceeding 0.5 percent copper by weight shall not be sold in this state
EBC Brakes has long ago developed copper free materials and has already started to phase these in to the USA market in readiness for these laws to make sure stockists are not left "Holding the baby". Not only has EBC beaten all competitors in this regard EBC is a world first provider removing the heavy metal Antimony Trisulphide and has been supplying materials this way since January 2013. Cadmium,Nickel,Lead,Mercury or Asbestos have NEVER been in any friction materials supplied by EBC into the USA market.

* Recent legislation regulating hazardous material content in brake pad friction has passed in California

(CA SB346) and Washington  (WA 6557). Other states are currently considering similar legislation.