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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

  • '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 - Click to view >>> #01-2021

    Aftermarket chrome brake booster bolt/stud failure
    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 - Click to view >>> #02-2021

    Unsafe 'VOSSON' aftermarket wheel nuts
    Poor quality unsafe aftermarket wheel nuts - Click to view >>> #03-2021

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

    ‘Heidts’-brand lower suspension A-arm issue
    Below-spec and poorly designed Heidts-brand front lower suspension A-arms - Click to view >>> #09-2020

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

    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 - Click to view >>> #07-2020

    HICAS lock-bars - unsafe multi-piece versions
    Separate independently mounted HICAS-delete Lockbars not fit-for-purpose - Click to view >>> #06-2020

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

    Chrysler 300C sub-standard aftermarket upper suspension arms
    Sub-standard aftermarket suspension arms for Chrysler 300C vehicles - Click to view >>> #04-2020

    • Steering

    • 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 - Click to view >>> #07-2020

      HICAS lock-bars - unsafe multi-piece versions
      Separate independently mounted HICAS-delete Lockbars not fit-for-purpose - Click to view >>> #06-2020

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tie-rod extender
    Welded aftermarket tie-rod end adaptors - Click to view >>> #01-2018

  • Poor quality aftermarket steering column support bracket (dropper)
    Substandard quality steering column dropper - Click to view >>> #07-2018

  • CPP-brand steering column couplers
    Welded aftermarket steering couplers - Click to view >>> #02-2018

  • SUSPENSION

  • '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 - Click to view >>> #01-2021

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

    ‘Heidts’-brand lower suspension A-arm issue
    Below-spec and poorly designed Heidts-brand front lower suspension A-arms - Click to view >>> #09-2020

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

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

    Chrysler 300C sub-standard aftermarket upper suspension arms
    Sub-standard aftermarket suspension arms for Chrysler 300C vehicles - Click to view >>> #04-2020

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

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

    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 - Click to view >>> #03-2019

  • 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 - Click to view >>> #01-2019

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

    • Brakes

      • Aftermarket chrome brake booster bolt/stud failure
        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 - Click to view >>> #02-2021

        MBM-brand disc calliper mounting brackets
        Sub-standard potentially dangerous brake calliper mounting brackets - Click to view >>> #03-2020

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

        CPP-brand welded aftermarket brake booster push-rod
        Poorly welded push-rod in aftermarket brake booster - Click to view >>> #05-2018

      • Wheels & Tyres

        Unsafe 'VOSSON' aftermarket weel nuts
        Poor quality unsafe aftermarket wheel nuts - Click to view >>> #03-2021

        Aftermarket aluminium wheel nuts
        Poor quality aftermarket aluminium wheel nut failures - Click to view >>> #03-2018

      • Seatbelts

        EPMAN-brand Harness Seatbelts
        Non-compliant and potentially dangerous EPMAN-brand harness seatbelts - Click to view >>> #01-2020

      • 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 - Click to view >>> #02-2019

      • Non-compliant aftermarket 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 - Click to view >>> #10-2018

      • Counterfeit full-harness seatbelts
        Poor quality unsafe counterfeit race harnesses- Click to view >>>
        #04-2018

         

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