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Are They Breaking Brakes on Your BMW?

Written by maryp posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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Well everyone who eventually has to get brakes, (isn’t that all of us) just got a slight reprieve from the CA legislature.

It seems that CA is going to implement SB346 that will change the friction materials that is used in your brakes. The intent is to reduce the copper content in the brake pads. At one point the bill was going to add a minimum of $1.00 fee on each set sold, with no guarantee that it would not increase. Of course, it would have been collected by the brake installers or retailers and passed on the the consumer. Thankfully, the bill was changed in many ways before our Governor Arnold signed it. So, now the fee is gone and there is at least some phase-in to changing the friction materials.

Over the years of this business, we’ve seen that sometimes the “fix” is worse than the previous substance. It usually works out over time, but we are glad that all of the groups such as the environmental community water agencies and the vehicle manufacturers were able to get this bill under some reasonable control.

The goal should always be consumer safety whether it be our water or our brakes. Though in the negotiations they dropped that $1.00 fee, there probably will be increased cost factors as these “other” materials have to be tested, sourced in quantities, and manufacturing processes changed. At least now these processes will be phased in slowly. Hopefully, that will give our wallets a chance to ease into these new regulations.

Enjoy the road!

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