The US is playing catch-up with Europe and Asia and getting ready to pass legislation banning the installation of lead tyres weights by 2011.
The amended tyres bill passing through Washington’s state Senate will require dealers to use alternatives like zinc or steel alloy.
Republican Tom Campbell, R-Roy, the prime sponsor of the bill said “The Asian and European car makers have used alternative wheel weights for years now. We are just catching up to them.”
Lead is highly toxic, Campbell says, and it only makes sense to use less hazardous alternatives. It has been linked to brain damage and other nervous system damage, particularly in young children.
Etyres only use zinc weights. When we change tyres we rebalance the wheels and when doing this we remove the old lead balancing weights and replace with new zinc ones.
The amended bill now goes back to the House, which is expected to approve it. It then goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire to be signed into law.
Katherine Clarkson, National Accounts