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Wheel Weight Survey 2006

The Ecology Center has released its second Lead-Free Wheels Survey of new vehicles. Lead wheel balancing weights represent one of the largest ongoing uses of lead in the world. The survey of new 2006/2007 model year vehicles showed that while many automakers have aggressively phased out lead wheel balancing, some automakers have made no progress (Chrysler) and zero aftermarket tire retailers have committed to phasing out lead wheel weights.

"Lead wheel weights falling off cars and trucks is one of the last major, unregulated sources of lead pollution in the U.S.," said Jeff Gearhart, Campaign Director of the Ecology Center. "This survey shows that lead free wheel balancing is a cost effective way to reduce the use of lead in vehicles. Anyone who installs tires needs to get on the bandwagon."

Based on the results of the 2006 survey, the Ecology Center estimates that approximately 50% of the new cars sold in the US at the end of 2006 had lead-free wheel weights. This accounts for approximately 68 million lead-free wheel weights on new cars in 2006. This represents a 79% increase over 2004 when the Ecology Center estimated 38 million wheel weight were installed on new vehicles. These weights eliminated the use of over 1,500 tons of lead on vehicles in the US.

Methodology

The Lead-Free Wheels Program is conducting an onging survey at auto dealerships in SE Michigan to determine which new vehicles are using lead-free wheel balancing. The previous survey was conducted in 2004 and listed 28 new vehicles using lead-free wheel balancing. The new survey, which was completed in the fall of 2006, now includes 115 vehicles.

The use of steel balancing weighs is verified magnetically. The use of zinc weights has been verified through discussion with automotive and wheel weight manufacturers. We were not able to determine weight type on some vehicles and therefore they are not listed as using lead-free wheel balancing.

Vehicles For Sale in the U.S. with Lead-free Wheel Weights

Manufacturer Make/Model Lead-free weight type
Audi Audi A3 Zn
Audi Audi A4 Zn
Audi Audi A6 Zn
Audi Audi A8 Zn
Audi Audi Allroad Zn
Audi Audi TT Zn
BMW BMW 325 Zn
BMW BMW 330 Zn
BMW BMW 525 Zn
BMW BMW 530 Zn
BMW BMW 745 Zn
BMW BMW 750 Zn
BMW BMW X3 Zn
BMW BMW X5 Zn
BMW BMW Z4 Zn
Ford Lincoln Mark LT Fe
GM Buick Lacrosse Fe
GM Buick Rainier Fe
GM Buick Rendezvous Fe
GM Cadillac CTS Fe
GM Cadillac DTS Fe
GM Cadillac Escalade Fe
GM Cadillac STS Fe
GM Cadillac XLR Fe
GM Chevrolet Astro Fe
GM Chevrolet Avalanche Fe
GM Chevrolet Cavalier Fe
GM Chevrolet Cobalt Fe
GM Chevrolet Corvette Fe
GM Chevrolet Impala Fe
GM Chevrolet Malibu Fe
GM Chevrolet Monte Carlo Fe
GM Chevrolet Silverado Fe
GM Chevrolet Suburban Fe
GM Chevrolet Trailblazer Fe
GM Chevrolet Venture Fe
GM Pontiac GTO Fe
GM Pontiac Torrent Fe
GM Saab 9-3 Zn
GM Saab 9-5 Zn
GM Saab 9-7 Zn
GM Saturn Aura Fe
Honda Acura TL Fe
Honda Acura TSX Fe
Honda CRV| Fe
Honda Honda Pilot Fe
Hyundai Azera Fe
Hyundai Elantra Fe
Hyundai Eutourage Ltd Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Fe
Hyundai Sonata Fe
Hyundai Tucson V6 Fe
Mazda CX-7 Fe
Mazda Mazda 3 Fe
Mazda Mazda 5 Fe
Mazda Mazda 6 Fe
Mazda MX-5 Miata Fe
Mazda RX-8 Fe
Mercedes Mercedes Bens CL Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz C Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz CLS Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz E Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz G Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz ML Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz R Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz S Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz SL Zn
Mercedes Mercedes Benz SLK Zn
Nissan Nissan 350z Zn
Nissan Nissan Altima Zn
Nissan Nissan Frontier Zn
Nissan Nissan Maxima Zn
Nissan Nissan Murano Zn
Nissan Nissan Pathfinder Zn
Nissan Nissan Quest Zn
Nissan Nissan Titan Zn
Nissan Nissan Xterra Zn
Porsche Porsche 911 Zn
Porsche Porsche Boxter Zn
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Zn
Porsche Porsche Cayman Zn
Subaru Subaru B9 Tribeca Zn
Subaru Subaru Baja Zn
Subaru Subaru Forester Zn
Subaru Subaru Impreza Fe
Subaru Subaru Legacy Zn
Suzuki Suzuki Aerio Fe
Suzuki Suzuki Forenza Fe
Suzuki Suzuki Grand Vitara Fe
Suzuki Suzuki SX-4 Fe
Suzuki Suzuki XL-7 Fe
Toyota Toyota Avalon Zn
Toyota Toyota Camry Zn
Toyota Toyota Echo Zn
Toyota Toyota Matrix Fe
Toyota Toyota MR2 Spyder Zn
Toyota Toyota Prius Zn
Toyota Toyota Rav4 Fe
Toyota Toyota Sienna Zn
Toyota Toyota Solara Fe
Toyota Toyota Tacoma Zn
Toyota Toyota Tundra Zn
Volvo Volvo 40 Zn
Volvo Volvo 50 Zn
Volvo Volvo 60 Zn
Volvo Volvo 70 Zn
Volvo Volvo V50 Zn
Volvo Volvo V70 Zn
Volvo Volvo XC70 Zn
Volvo Volvo XC90 Zn
VW VW Beetle Fe
VW VW GTI Zn
VW VW Jetta Zn
VW VW Passat Zn
VW VW Touareg Zn

Updates

This list will be periodically updated. Manufacturers are welcome to submit updates or corrections.

Lead Free Wheels is a project of the Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization.