A new offering of Abex commercial-vehicle drum brake block that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) requirements is now available through leading replacement parts distributors. Abex Commercial Grade Friction products are manufactured by Federal-Mogul, a global leader in friction technology for the original equipment and replacement markets.
FMVSS 121 has been amended to reduce the specified stopping distance to 250 ft – a 30 percent reduction – for new truck tractors built on or after August 1, 2011.
The new Abex RSD drum brake block include three application-specific formulations engineered to enhance overall performance while meeting the new FMVSS requirement:
RN Premium organic, 20,000-lb axle rating, copper-free formulation
RSM Premium semi-metallic, 29,000-lb axle rating, for RSD and severe service applications
RSC Premium semi-metallic combo formulation, 23,000-lb axle rating
All Abex brake block are engineered and manufactured to Federal-Mogul's stringent quality and performance standards and ensure superior modulus of elasticity and exceptional flexural strength for enhanced resistance to cracking.
Fleet owners and operators can avoid reduced stopping power by replacing brake linings with those specified by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).