All brake pads and shoes manufactured after January 1, 2014 are required to have appropriate labels indicating compliance with state regulations regarding friction material compounds. As a member of the Brake Manufacturers Council, Centric Parts has been involved in the development of the LeafMark and edge code legislation detailed below.
 
Copper-Free Brakes Initiative Overview
www.copperfreebrakes.org

More information regarding the Brake Manufacturers Council can be found at: 
http://www.aftermarketsuppliers.org/Councils/Brake-Manufacturers-Council-BMC

State of California Brake Friction Documents and Fact Sheets: 
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/BrakePadFacts.cfm
*** A key provision of both the California and Washington State legislation grants motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of replacement brake friction materials the right to continue selling brake friction materials manufactured prior to January 1, 2014 in order to deplete current inventories.
 
Q: May I sell brake friction material that I have in stock before the effective dates of the Washington State legislation?
A: Yes. Brake friction material manufactured before the effective dates may still be sold for a period of time:
(a) Brake friction material that was manufactured before January 1, 2015, may be sold until
January 1, 2025, regardless of its content or whether it has been marked with proof of
certification;
 (b) Brake friction material that was manufactured before January 1, 2021, and contains more
than five percent copper by weight may be sold until January 1, 2031; and
 (c) Brake friction materials manufactured as part of an original equipment service contract that
have been certified and marked may be sold indefinitely after the various effective dates
regardless of the amount of the copper or regulated constitutes in the product.
 
 
Q: May I sell brake friction material that I have in stock before the effective dates of the California legislation?
A: Yes. California law provides a legacy exemption for brake friction material that does not meet the standard for 5 percent copper standard for use on vehicles produced prior to 2021 and for .5 percent copper standard for use on vehicles produced prior to 2025. Brake friction material that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2014, and is sold or offered for sale in California must have marked proof of certification on the brake friction material and its packaging. Labeling is not required for products produced prior to 2014, no matter when it is actually sold.
What Do the LeafMarks Mean?
Washington State legislation requires all brake pads and shoes manufactured after January 1, 2015 are required to have a LeafMark icon indicating the level of compliance with state friction material content legislation. InfoGraphic

Contains more than 5% of Copper by weight

  (a) Asbestiform fibers, less than 0.1% by weight

  (b) Cadmium and its compounds, less than 0.01% by weight

  (c) Chromium (VI)-salts, less than 0.1% by weight

  (d) Lead and its compounds, less than 0.1% by weight

  (e) Mercury and its compounds, less than 0.1% by weight

Contains between 0.5% and 5% of Copper by weight   

  (a) Asbestiform fibers, less than 0.1% by weight

  (b) Cadmium and its compounds, less than 0.01% by weight  

  (c) Chromium (VI)-salts, less than 0.1% by weight

  (d) Lead and its compounds, less than 0.1% by weight

  (e) Mercury and its compounds, less than 0.1% by weight

Contains less than 0.5% of Copper by weight

  (a) Asbestiform fibers, less than 0.1% by weight

  (b) Cadmium and its compounds, less than 0.01% by weight 

  (c) Chromium (VI)-salts, less than 0.1% by weight

  (d) Lead and its compounds, less than 0.1% by weight

  (e) Mercury and its compounds, less than 0.1% by weight


PDF Version
Brake Pad Edge Codes
All brake pads and shoes are required to have a manufacturers edge code indicating the level of compliance with state friction material content legislation.This information is required to be printed on every brake pad or brake shoe manufactured after January 1, 2014.
All Centric, C-TEK and StopTech brake pad and shoe friction formulations have been tested for compliance and are registered under CWD, LLC dba Centric Parts. 

These listings can be found here:
ameca.org
nsf.org
California Brake Friction Material Legislation Key Dates (Copper Legislation)
Regulation Timing
Centric Parts 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.
 

Centric Parts 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.

Centric Parts is actively engaged in developing copper free ceramic friction formulations. All Centric Parts Semi-Metallic brake pads meet this requirement.
 
• 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

Centric Parts is actively engaged in developing copper free ceramic friction formulations. All Centric Parts Semi-Metallic brake pads meet this requirement.
 
 

* 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.
 
Downloadable .PDF version of this page and state legislation are available below:
 Centric Parts Brake Friction Legislation Timeline
 
 
 

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