Not a Moment Too Soon
New car dealers will still be able to sell “pre-owned vehicles” without replacing their “brake friction materials,” under legislation signed September 27 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
In English: New car dealers won’t have to install new brake pads on used cars they buy and resell after 2014.
The California New Car Dealers Association sponsored the bill signed by Brown — AB 501 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, a Sherman Oaks Democrat — to clarify that they didn’t have to remove “legacy” brake pads and replace them with new ones.
(In this usage, “legacy” appears to translate to “existing” or “non-compliant.”)
Having to replace “legacy” pads would be expensive, the dealers say. The cost would ultimately be borne by the purchaser of the “pre-owned vehicle.”
Hence Nazarian’s bill to clarify that if a dealer acquires a vehicle equipped with “legacy brake frictions materials,” they aren’t required to replace them with new pads.
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