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NZ Transport Agency urging trailer owners to act on safety recall

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging the owners of Bunnings Trailpro trailers to respond to a product safety recall being carried out by the retailer in New Zealand.

Bunnings has initiated a product safety recall of all Trailpro trailers sold between 2005 and 2018, in response to safety concerns relating to the design of the drawbar attached to the trailers’ chassis.  Bunnings will provide refunds to trailer owners affected by the recall.

“We thank Bunnings for raising these concerns with us, and we strongly urge trailer owners to respond to this recall,” Waka Kotahi’s Senior Manager, Safer Vehicles, Neil Adams says.

Owners of Trailpro trailers should check the identification plate on the side of the drawbar of their trailer to confirm if their trailer is affected. Owners should stop using the trailer and contact Bunnings on 0800 561 109 if their trailer is one of the following models:

  • Trailpro 7x4 TP1
  • Trailpro 500 5x3 TP6
  • Trailpro Weekender

Two other models, the 8x4 TP5 and 8x5 TP8, were recalled in November 2018. This recall remains in place and the same advice applies unless the models have already been repaired using a Bunnings-approved design.

“Based on information provided by Bunnings and our own investigations, we are now revoking Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) for the Trailpro TP1 model and we have written to owners of that model with information on what they should do next,” Mr Adams says.

“We will be inspecting the two other models included in the current recall, and we will consider further action.

“As a firm and fair regulator, we encourage proactive and responsible reporting as Bunnings has demonstrated in this case to ensure the safety of our land transport system.”

For more information about the recall can be found under the Waka Kotahi's vehicle safety alerts page

 

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