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.


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  
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 Jetta Zn  
VW VW Passat Zn  
VW VW Touareg Zn  


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

IMPORTANT NOTE: ratings do not provide a measure of health risk or chemical exposure associated with any individual product, or any individual element or related chemical.