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Lead Wheel Weight - Information for Stakeholders

On September 17, 2010 the Lead Wheel Weights Act was signed into law. Here is some information to ensure that you are aware of your obligations and to help you meet the requirements of the law.

  • As of April 1, 2011 any person replacing or balancing a tire on a motor vehicle (that is required to be registered under article fourteen of title four of the vehicle and traffic law), shall not use a wheel weight or other product for balancing motor vehicle wheels if the weight or other balancing product contains more than 0.1 percent lead by weight.
  • As of April 1, 2011 no person shall sell, offer to sell or distribute weights or other products used for balancing tires that contain more than 0.1 percent of lead by weight.
  • Additionally, as of April 1, 2012 a person may not sell a new motor vehicle that is equipped with a weight or other wheel balancing product that contains more than 0.1 percent lead by weight.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) has developed some web pages and educational materials to assist you in meeting the requirements of the law. As we implement this program, the Department asks for your cooperation in complying with the requirements of the Lead Wheel Weights Law.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Jackson at 518-402-8706 or

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