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News   October 15, 2013   by CARS Magazine

New LeafMark symbols introduced to designate low-copper brake pads

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.


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.

Recent legislation in California and Washington state has mandated the dramatic reduction of copper and other potentially hazardous substances in original equipment and replacement brake pads and shoes.

The LeafMark logo gives three designation levels:

Level “A” designates compliance with requirements concerning cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and asbestos. Level “A” compliance is required by January 1, 2014, in California and January 2015 in Washington state.

Level “B” designates compliance with each of the above metals 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’s Wagner ThermoQuiet CeramicNXT brake pads featuring 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 these important new product requirements at the OE and aftermarket levels.”

 

 
 

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