Brake Pad Timeline

Due to resources issue, the Department of Toxic Substances Control has elected not to proceed with rulemaking for the brake pad law at this time. 

The activities listed below are efforts being conducted by either the DTSC, the Society of Automotive Engineers or the State of Washington Department of Ecology.

December 12, 2011
SAE Standard J2975, Measurement of Copper and Other Elements in Brake Friction Materials approved

January 31, 2012
State of Washington Better Brake Rules Workshop

May 23, 2012
State of Washington Department of Ecology anticipates publishing draft CR-102

June 21, 2012
State of Washington Department of Ecology closes public review period for CR-102

June 21, 2012
State of Washington Department of Ecology holds first public hearing on draft rule CR-102

July 16, 2012
SAE Standard J866, Friction Coefficient Identification and Environmental Marking System for Brake Linings approved

July 23, 2012
State of Washington Department of Ecology holds second public hearing on draft rule CR-102

October 17, 2012
State of Washington Department of Ecology files final version of CR-102

January 9, 2013
DTSC issues guidelines on selecting a testing certification agency

September 27,2013
State of California passes Assembly Bill (AB) 501. AB 501 adds language to the California Brake Pad Law that allows motor vehicle dealers to continue to sell or offer for sale brake friction material not certified as compliant with the January 1, 2014 requirements if the brake friction material was installed on a vehicle before the vehicle was acquired by the dealer.

October 2, 2013
State of Washington Department of Ecology issues guidelines on marking requirements under the Better Brakes law.

December 20, 2013
Updated version of SAE Standard J2975, Measurement of Copper and Other Elements in Brake Friction Materials approved

January 1, 2014
On or after January 1, 2104, the law requires brake pads sold in California to be certified by a testing certification agency (aka., registrar) and marked by the manufacturer as compliant with the following restrictions:
- Cadmium exceeding 0.01% by weight
- Chromium (VI) salts exceeding 0.1% by weight
- Lead exceeding 0.1% by weight
- Mercury exceeding 0.1% by weight
- Asbestiform fibers exceeding 0.1% by weight

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 solely for the purpose of depletion of inventories.

December 31, 2023
Motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors, wholesalers, or retailers of replacement brake friction materials may no longer offer for sale brake friction materials that do not comply with the January 1, 2014 restrictions.