Minnesota bans lead wheel weights

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has signed the state’s lead and mercury wheel weights bill into law on 16 May, Tire Review reports. The legislation was presented in March of this year to both the state’s Senate and House.

The new law includes a ban on the installation, sale and distribution of lead and mercury based wheel balance weights and features a compliance date of 1 January, 2016. The law also requires proper recycling of all lead and mercury weights that are removed from vehicles.

With this bill becoming law Minnesota will become the seventh state to enact a ban on lead wheel weights. California, Illinois, Maine, New York, Vermont and Washington also have legislation banning lead wheel weights. The law will officially be on the books by summer. Tire Review

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