August 9, 2019 / 6:32 PM / 4 months ago

UPDATE 1-Continental to reduce lead in some auto components

* In process of identifying how many autos affected

* Most components delivered since 2016 (Updates with details)

FRANKFURT, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Continental said on Friday that it was taking action to reduce lead in some electronic components that exceeded certain European Union limits.

The German auto-supplier said it was identifying how many vehicles and which markets would be affected. Most of the components have been on the market since 2016.

A European Union directive dictates levels of lead and other heavy metals in components.

“Vehicle handling, emissions and safety are not affected by the use of the affected components,” Continental said in a statement.

Continental said that it was working with the environment ministry in its home state of Lower Saxony to reduce the lead content to below the legal requirements.

Reporting by Tom Sims; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Jane Merriman

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