SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 19, May 7, 2015

California Legislation to Require Additional Labeling Requirements on Some Automotive Products Amended

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Legislation to require manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on an 8–6 vote. An amended version of the bill will next be considered in the Appropriations Committee. 

Under current law, ingredients in automotive products are not required to be listed on product labels. This bill would apply to “automotive products,” specifically, all chemically formulated products for maintaining the appearance of a vehicle, including products for washing, waxing, polishing, cleaning or treating the exterior or interior surfaces of a vehicle, but excluding automotive paint and paint-repair products. 

The measure would make it a crime to manufacture, distribute and sell automotive products after January 1, 2017, that do not have a label listing ingredients and a manufacturer webpage address at which product ingredient information can also be found. As amended, the bill now requires only the 20 most prevalent ingredients to be listed on the label, but all ingredients must still be listed on the company’s website and the label must indicate how many ingredients are not listed on the label but viewable on their website. 

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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