Brake Pad Documents and Fact Sheets

Chaptered Senate Bill No. 346, Article 13.5: Motor Vehicle Brake Friction Materials, California Health and Safety Code section 25250.50 through 25250.65

State of California 2013 Vehicle Code

Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J866 – Friction Coefficient Identification and Environmental Marking System for Brake Linings (this document needs to be purchased from SAE)

Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J2975 – Measurement of Copper and Other Elements in Brake Friction Materials (this document needs to be purchased from SAE)

Assessment of the Capacity of XRF Analysis as a Tool for the Screening of Brake Pad Friction Materials (file size: 4.6 MB)

Guidelines for Selecting a Brake Friction Material Testing Certification Agency

Motor Vehicle Brake Friction Materials - Senate Bill 346 (Presentation by DTSC for the Bureau of Automotive Repair Advisory Group)

California's Brake Pad Proposed Regulations (Presentation by DTSC for the Society of Automotive Engineers Brake Colloquium)

Questions Regarding the Brake Pad Law

May 26, 2011 Interpretation Letter to Industry

June 14, 2011 Interpretation Letter to Industry

September 20, 2011 Interpretation Letter to Industry


Informal draft regulation

Informal Draft Regulations Issued June 16, 2014

Comments Received on the June 16, 2014 Informal Draft Regulations 

Response to Common Comments on the June 16, 2014 Informal Draft Regulations

Revised Informal Draft Regulations Issued on November 14, 2014  NEW!

Revised Informal Draft Regulations Issued on November 14, 2014 (redline version)  NEW!

Material for Workshops on the Informal Draft Regulations

California's Proposed Brake Pad Regulation Presentation (July/August 2014 workshops on draft informal regulations)

Meeting notes on the California Only Exemption Mark Discussion

Diagram on the California Exemptions versus the State of Washington Exemptions

Information Sheet on the State of Washington Exemption Process and the California Extension Process

Graphs Depicting the Phase In of the Exemptions (g) and (h) in Health and Safety Code section 25250.55

Audio recording for the July 24 workshop

Video for the August 4 workshop

Other Resources

Auto Care Association Copper-Free Brakes Initiative