Meritor Inc.

New Meritor Reduced Stopping Distance friction material

Meritor has announced the immediate availability of Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) friction materials at the company's parts distribution centers in Florence, KY, and Brampton, Ontario.

This action supports North American truck operators who want to standardize their RSD brake friction materials.

"To comply with the new stopping distance regulations, our customers specified the 'new' brakes on new tractors, but many fleets told us they preferred to outfit their current vehicles with the same friction materials for ease of inventory and vehicle maintenance," said Tim Bauer, director, Undercarriage Products, Meritor Aftermarket.  

Bauer added that fleet managers wanted to use RSD friction materials on remanufactured brake shoes at normal service intervals.

With a complete suite of friction materials, the Meritor Q Plus drum brake package is available to support FMVSS 121 compliance for new trucks.

Meritor brake engineers addressed balancing the torque load between tractor and trailer brakes, as well as maintaining a focus on everyday driving characteristics and the more stringent emergency stop performance requirements.

To meet the new government regulations applicable to new trucks that went into effect last August, Meritor designed more powerful front brakes and highly effective rear-axle brakes with new enhanced friction materials, according to Joe Kay, chief engineer, Brakes, Meritor.

Meritor offers standard and high-performance drum brakes, air disc brakes, automatic slack adjusters, hubs, rotors and drums and hydraulic disc brakes, in addition to one of the most complete all-makes aftermarket wheel-end component offerings.

For more information on RSD friction materials, visit Meritor's reduced stopping distance webpage on