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Minnesota may ban lead wheel weights

Posted on March 6, 2014

The state of Minnesota has proposed a ban on lead wheel balance weights for all vehicles within the state, including passenger and commercial vehicles.

“It has been a while since we have seen a state re-open the lead wheel weight debate, but this new development in Minnesota shows that the issue is not going away,” says Gregory Parker, marketing manager for Wegmann automotive USA Inc., which manufactures the Perfect Equipment and Hofmann Power Weight brand wheel balance weights.

If the bill is passed, Minnesota would become the seventh state to enact a ban on lead wheel balance weights.

Minnesota currently has a state mandate in effect for state-owned fleet vehicles to utilize only non-lead wheel balance weights and has had similar state-wide regulation on lead based wheel weights proposed in the past.

Minnesota had bills introduced and read on the house (H.F. 2542) and senate (S.F. 2192) floor this past week, with both bills being referred to their Environmental & Energy Resources committees for review.

Parker says the he specific language for each bill includes a ban on the installation, sale and distribution of only lead and mercury based wheel balance weights and currently proposes an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015.

Details on the senate bill and on the house bill are available on the state’s website.

Wegmann automotive USA is the founder of the Perfect Equipment wheel weight brand and the North American subsidiary of Wegmann automotive Holdings GmbH of Germany.

Related Topics: Gregory Parker, Lead wheel weights, Wegmann automotive USA Inc.

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