Many Countries Now Banning Lead Wheel Balancing Weights
There are many ways in which people are exposed to lead and new legislation now makes it illegal to sell, manufacture or install lead wheel weights in many countries. Violators can be faced with substantial penalties per day, per violation. Wheel balancing weights made entirely of lead or zinc that end up on the roadway have high potential impacts to human health and the environment compared to steel wheel balancing weights. Steel wheel weights are the preferred alternative due to their comparatively low toxicity and fewer environmental impacts from manufacturing. Lower environmental and human health impacts coupled with the high opportunity for steel wheel balancing weights to be made from recycled material make steel balancing weights the best overall alternative. Learn more about the sources of lead and its environmental impact.