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LVVTA Safety Alerts

...one of THE PRIMARY Risks TO MODIFIED VEHICLE OWNERS IS UNSAFE AFTERMARKET COMPONENTS.

One of the primary risks to modified vehicle owners is the availability of cheap and inferior-quality aftermarket components. These components can be already fitted to vehicles being imported into NZ, imported directly by consumers via overseas websites, or can be purchased from local sellers. Others can come from seemingly reputable manufacturers who, in an attempt to cut costs and remain competitive in this global marketplace, make changes to their manufacturing processes that introduce significant risk to motorists. Often prices of these components are inflated as retailers 'clip the ticket' on the way through, which can give the impression that the components are of better quality than the 'cheap stuff' when in fact they are no different. This section has been created to provide a way for LVVTA to notify modifiers of the components and systems available that pose a known safety risk.

This page will be updated as new risks are identified and new alerts are published. If you are aware of any safety related issue with a component or system, please contact LVVTA as soon as possible.

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  • Safety Alerts are released by LVVTA when a system or component being offered for sale is found to be unsafe. This list will be added to over time, and is not a full and final list of all poor quality parts, but a section where known issues can be publicly notified.
  • MOST RECENT

  • #02-2022 - OEM Ford V8 Steering Arm Failures
    Failures have occured in OEM early Ford V8 passenger car steering arms

    #01-2022 - Motorcycle Handlebar Failure
    Unsafe aftermarket handlebars being sold on internet sites.

    #09-2021 - Sub-standard 'Helix'-brand ductile cast iron I-beam axle
    Johnny Law Motors supply a sub-standard Ford-V8-style aftermarket I-beam axle

    #08-2021 - 'TCI'-brand aftermarket one-piece dropped spindles (stub axles)
    Total Cost Involved (TCI) produce a one-piece stub axle made from ductile cast iron

    #07-2021 - Multi-piece Aftermarket Suspension Arms including 'SPC Performance' & 'Stiffler'-brands
    Multi-piece 'racing' aftermarket suspension arm failures

    #06-2021 - Motea GmbH Craftride-brand motorcycle wheels
    Craftride aftermarket spoked wheels have failed in service

    #05-2021 - SO-CAL-brand forged 5-inch dropped axles
    There are two important safety issues relating to SO-CAL 5-inch dropped axles

    #04-2021 - DJM/LCM Truck-brand 'Dream Beam' twin beam dropped axles
    A DJM 'Dream Beam' twin beam axle has failed

    #03-2021 - 'Vosson'-brand aftermarket wheel nuts
    Poor quality aftermarket wheel nuts

    #02-2021 - Aftermarket chrome brake booster bolt/studs
    Three cases have been reported to LVVTA involving chrome 8-inch dual-diaphragm boosters in which the studs holding the master-cylinder to the booster have broken

    • Steering

    • #02-2022 - OEM Ford V8 Steering Arm Failures
      Failures have occured in OEM early Ford V8 passenger car steering arms

      #01-2022 - Motorcycle Handlebar Failure
      Unsafe aftermarket handlebars being sold on internet sites.

      #07-2020 - Aftermarket steering rack-end spacers
      Aftermarket steering rack spacers are being fitted, in conjunction with aftermarket suspension arms, to increase steering lock further than originally intended by the steering rack/vehicle manufacturer

      #06-2020 - HICAS lock-bars - multi-piece versions
      Separate independently mounted HICAS-delete Lockbars not fit-for-purpose

      #06-2019 - 'CPP'-brand welded aftermarket steering pitman arms
      Classic Performance Parts (CPP) Tri-Five (1955 through 1957) Chevrolet, aftermarket pitman arm failure and recall

    • #11-2018 - Counterfeit steering wheels & quick-release boss kits
      Poor quality aftermarket steering wheels, and quick-release boss kits

      #08-2018 - Flaming River 1955-1957 (Tri-5) Chevrolet aftermarket steering rack kits
      Poorly designed steering rack conversion kit

  • #06-2018 - Kit-car custom steering column shafts
    Poorly constructed steering column shafts in imported vehicles

  • #09-2018 - Borgeson modified (welded) power steering boxes
    Welded OEM steering boxes modified to suit different vehicles

  • #01-2018 - Tie-rod extenders
    Welded aftermarket tie-rod end adaptors

  • #07-2018 - Aftermarket steering column support bracket (dropper)
    Substandard quality steering column dropper

  • #02-2018 - CPP-brand steering column couplers
    Welded aftermarket steering couplers

  • SUSPENSION

  • #09-2021 - Sub-standard 'Helix'-brand ductile cast iron I-beam axle
    Johnny Law Motors supply a sub-standard Ford-V8-style aftermarket I-beam axle

    #08-2021 - 'TCI' (Total Cost Involved)-brand aftermarket one-piece dropped spindles (stub axles)
    Total Cost Involved (TCI) produce a one-piece stub axle made from ductile cast iron

    #07-2021 - Multi-piece Aftermarket Suspension Arms including 'SPC Performance' & 'Stiffler'-brands
    Multi-piece 'racing' aftermarket suspension arm failures

    #05-2021 - SO-CAL-brand forged 5-inch dropped axles
    There are two important safety issues relating to SO-CAL 5-inch dropped axles

    #04-2021 - DJM/LCM Truck-brand 'Dream Beam' twin beam dropped axles
    A DJM 'Dream Beam' twin beam axle has failed

    #01-2021 - 'Magnum Force'-brand aftermarket dropped spindles (stub axles)
    A ‘Magnum Force’-brand dropped spindle (stub axle) has failed, with the spindle section snapping off the stub axle

    #10-2020 - R32 Nissan Skyline (plus others) aftermarket suspension arm threads
    Aftermarket front upper suspension arms with excessive movement between the male and female threaded sections

    #09-2020 - ‘Heidts’-brand lower suspension A-arms
    Below-spec and poorly designed Heidts-brand front lower suspension A-arms

    #08-2020 - Graham Berry Race Cars/Kiwi Race Cars replica AC Cobra - rear suspension A-arms
    Sub-standard rear suspension arms fitted to Graham Berry/Kiwi Race Cars AC Cobra Vehicles

    #05-2020 - Y32 and Y33 Nissan suspension struts
    Replacement struts for Y32 and Y33 Nissans which incorporate welding of the cast or forged stub axle assembly

    #04-2020 - Aftermarket upper suspension arms
    Sub-standard aftermarket suspension arms for Chrysler 300C vehicles

  • #05-2019 - Aftermarket cast I-beam axles
    During 2012, a 1940 Ford Pickup was involved in an accident due to a Magnum-brand aftermarket cast I-beam axle failure

  • #04-2019 - Superbell-brand ductile cast iron spring perch bolts
    Major US aftermarket manufacturer Superbell produces spring perch bolts that are made from ductile cast iron

    #03-2019 - Superbell-brand ductile cast iron spindles
    Major US aftermarket manufacturer Superbell produces one-piece spindles that are made from ductile cast iron, mistakenly marketed by Speedway Motors as forged steel

  • #01-2019 - Raised 4WD and utility front suspension strut & ball-joint spacers
    Unsafe strut and ball-joint spacers which require LVV Certification being passed during warrant of fitness inspections

  • #12-2018 - TCI (Total Cost Involved)-brand independent front suspension
    Catastrophic failure of a TCI-brand independent front suspension assembly

    • Brakes

      • #02-2021 - Aftermarket chrome brake booster bolt/studs
        Three cases have been reported to LVVTA involving chrome 8-inch dual-diaphragm boosters in which the studs holding the master-cylinder to the booster have broken

        #03-2020 - MBM-brand disc calliper mounting brackets
        Sub-standard potentially dangerous brake calliper mounting brackets

      • #02-2020 - UPC-brand machined-down brake callipers (for wheel clearance)
        Dangerously modified OEM brake callipers being sold as aftermarket kits

        #05-2018 - CPP-brand welded aftermarket brake booster push-rods
        Poorly welded push-rod in aftermarket brake booster

      • Wheels & Tyres

        #06-2021 - Motea GmbH Craftride-brand motorcycle wheels
        Craftride aftermarket spoked wheels have failed in service

        #03-2021 - 'VOSSON' aftermarket weel nuts
        Poor quality unsafe aftermarket wheel nuts

        #03-2018 - Aftermarket aluminium wheel nuts
        Poor quality aftermarket aluminium wheel nut failures

      • Seatbelts

        #01-2020 - EPMAN-brand Harness Seatbelts
        Non-compliant and potentially dangerous EPMAN-brand harness seatbelts

      • #02-2019 - APV Seatbelt bolt recall
        Australian-based seatbelt supplier APV Safety Products has announced a recall of a specific model of 38mm long Grade 5 silver seatbelt anchorage bolts. The bolt was found to have internal defects

      • #10-2018 - Changzhou BWD seatbelts, imported and distributed by BVL
        The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has issued an alert advising of non-compliant aftermarket seatbelts which have been found to fail during testing and so do not meet an approved safety standard

      • #04-2018 - Counterfeit full-harness seatbelts
        Poor quality unsafe counterfeit race harnesses

         

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