This section outlines current vehicle safety alerts and issues that are beyond routine vehicle requirements.
Waka Kotahi has issued a Safety Alert for Cardan shaft park brakes (CSB).
The Safety Alert provides information on the risks associated with Cardan shaft parking brakes, the dangers that owners and drivers must be aware of and the precautions that should be taken to prevent a vehicle rolling away.
The Safety Alert has been issued because there have been several incidents where the Cardan shaft park brake has failed and the vehicle has rolled away. In the last 10 years four of these incidents have resulted in fatalities and we are aware of other unreported incidents. The alert also advises owners and operators on how the brakes are designed, and what precautions to take when using the park brake.
Cardan shaft park brakes (also known as driveshaft park brakes) are fitted to many small to medium trucks and a small number of passenger service vehicles. They are designed to hold the vehicle and its load but have limitations which can lead to the vehicle rolling away.
The key points of the alert are:
Bunnings NZ has issued a product safety recall for all Trailpro trailers sold by the company between 2005 and 2018 based on safety concerns. Bunnings has reported incidents involving the Trailpro TP1 Handyman model to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency where the drawbar has detached from the trailer. This poses a safety hazard to other road users and bystanders.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is revoking the Warrants of Fitness (WoF) for Trailpro TP1 trailers following inspections of affected TP1 models and will inspect other Trailpro models before taking further action.
What you should do: Check the identification plate on the side of your trailer’s drawbar to see what make of trailer you have. If you have a Trailpro trailer, you are advised to stop using the trailer to carry any load and contact Bunnings on 0800 561 109.
The November 2018 recall for two other Trailpro models - TP5 (8 x 4 Tradesman) and TP8 (8x5 Tandem) - is still in place. The Handyman (TP1), Weekender, and the 500 5x3 (TP6) have also been recalled as of 12 March 2020. However, if you own a Trailpro 8x4 Tradesman (TP5) or 8x5 Tandem (TP8) trailer and the serial number on the identification plate ends with an “R”, your trailer has been repaired as part of the previous recall and you are not required to take any further action.
Users of seatbelt extenders (extensions) in vehicles should check the product labels following safety concerns.
Testing conducted by the Transport Agency has shown that seatbelt extenders without labels showing compliance with an approved standard are highly likely to fail at loads below a safe standard. This places seat occupants at greater risk in the event of a crash or sudden stop.
If there is no label showing compliance with an approved standard, the seatbelt extender should not be used. The safety alert lists the standards to look for.
Park brake control valve maintenance and operational requirements for Nissan CK330, CW330, CW380, CW400, CM180, CW400 and CG400 vehicles manufactured between 1993 and 2005.
Further to the safety alert of May 2017, the Transport Agency is telling CoF inspectors and operators of these Nissan trucks to urgently and carefully check the park brake. This is necessary because once wear occurs, the lock pin is able to hold the park brake on but it may not be fully engaged. Consequently, the park brake can be unintentionally released by a knock or vibration.
It’s important to check if the park brake lever can sit with the locking pawl only partially engaged. If so, the vehicle must not be operated until the hand control has been serviced or replaced. It should also be failed for any CoF.
The NZ Transport Agency has issued a safety alert advising that drawbar and drawbeam connections certified by Auckland based Mr Patrick Chu (Transport & Structure Ltd) are being revoked.
APV Safety Products Pty Ltd ACN 110 355 934 (APV Safety Products) have been advised from our Australian fastener supplier of seatbelt anchorage bolts, Fuji Fasteners Pty Ltd ACN 107 678 017 (Fuji Fasteners) that due to internal defects in one batch of their anchorage bolts, they have initiated a recall of that anchorage bolt.
The seatbelt mounting bolt, being the 7/16” 38mm long Grade 5 Silver Anchorage Bolt (Seatbelt Anchorage Bolt), was supplied to APV Safety Products and used in some APV Safety Products Seatbelt Kits and accessory products. APV Safety Products is now working with Fuji Fasteners to recall and exchange all bolts within the market which may be potentially defective.
APV Safety Products Aftermarket seatbelt and fitting kits sold from 18th July 2018 and manufactured before January 2019 may have seatbelt anchorage bolts with an internal defect. If the bolt fractures, the seat belt's performance could be compromised in a vehicle crash.
APV Safety Products is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect. Defective bolts fitted as per the fitting instructions, would be expected to be detected during installation.
Full information on the product safety recall is available at: www.recalls.govt.nz/recall/aftermarket-seatbelt-kits-anchorage-bolt(external link) or download the recall notice [PDF, 547 KB] - 19 January 2019
Customers who have purchased the anchorage bolt should contact APV safety Products, 0800 440 703.
The NZ Transport Agency has issued a safety alert advising that tow bar connections certified by Auckland based Mr Patrick Chu (Transport & Structure Ltd) have been revoked from today (21 December 2018).
Tow bars on heavy vehicles [including small trucks, tipper trucks, motor homes and goods’ vans], certified by Patrick Chu (Transport & Structure Ltd) have been revoked from 21 December 2018 due to urgent safety concerns.
Mr Chu applied the wrong assessment standard which means the tow bars were incorrectly certified. This means that during the current period of certification the trailer could detach from the vehicle (including the safety chain).
The vehicles’ ability to tow any load has been revoked until the tow bar is re-certified.
Questions and answers about this safety alert [PDF, 1.2 MB] – December 2018 (updated 7 February 2019)
The NZ Transport Agency has issued this safety alert due to the identification of sub-standard work in certain heavy vehicle specialist certifications (also known as ‘LT400s’) issued by Heavy Vehicle Specialist Certifier (HVSC) Patrick Chu.
Issues have been identified in respect of both towing connections and chassis certified by Patrick Chu. As a result, the Transport Agency has revoked some certifications issued by Patrick Chu. These revocations have been for reasons including that towbars had been certified beyond their viable design life, and chassis had been certified despite being significantly over-stressed.
The Transport Agency is currently analysing certain files relating to certifications issued by Patrick Chu in respect of towing connections and chassis in heavy vehicles. The Transport Agency will update vehicle owners in the event further risk is identified.
At present, certifications issued by Patrick Chu that have not been revoked by the Transport Agency remain technically valid, though for the reasons set out the Transport Agency strongly encourages owners to be extra vigilant as regards safety where components in their vehicles have been certified by Patrick Chu, and to follow the steps in the safety alert.
Questions and answers about this safety alert [PDF, 568 KB] – December 2018
Bunnings NZ has issued a product safety recall for Trailpro trailer models TP5 and TP8. Bunnings warn that there is a risk of the trailer’s drawbar breaking and detaching, which poses a significant safety hazard to other road users and bystanders.
Heavy, regular or commercial use of the trailer is likely to accelerate the risk of the drawbar breaking.
What you should do: Check the identification plate on the side of your trailer’s drawbar to see what model you have. If you have a Trailpro TP5 or TP8, you are advised to stop using the trailer to carry any load.
The NZ Transport Agency first issued a safety alert in October 2018 advising vehicle owners who have retrofitted seatbelts to check the labels on their seatbelts following safety concerns. We have updated the safety alert and questions and answers following Transport Agency tests and investigations indicating seatbelts imported by Business Ventures Limited (BVL) and manufactured either by Changzhou BWD China or by Jiang Su Jiu Jiu Traffic Facilities Co. Ltd. do not meet an approved safety standard.
Full information is available at: www.nzta.govt.nz/bvl-retrofitted-seatbelts
This safety alert has been issued following issues identified in drawbeam, drawbar and towbar certifications by Dick Joyce (heavy vehicle specialist certifier identification: RJJ).
This bulletin from WorkSafe has been developed in consultation with, and is endorsed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Team of the New Zealand Police, and the NZ Transport Agency.
If your vehicle has a driveshaft (also called Cardan shaft) parking brake system, you must follow the requirements in the bulletin. If in doubt, a CoF inspector will be easily able to identify if your vehicle has one or not.
Following the February 2018 safety alert (see below), the NZ Transport Agency decided to revoke the PWE certifications of all heavy vehicle towing connections.
If your vehicle has a towing connection certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Limited, read all the details you need to know on www.nzta.govt.nz/pwe-revocation – May 2018
This safety alert has been issued following the identification of failures in towing connections involving drawbeams and drawbars certified by Peter Wastney Engineering Ltd.
This safety alert has been issued following an on-road incident where the skid plate on a MaxiTRANS refrigerated semi-trailer failed due to internal structural cracks, resulting in the semi-trailer partially separating from the towing vehicle.
Park brake control valve maintenance and operational requirements for Nissan CK330, CW330, CW380, CW400, CG380, CW400 and CG400 vehicles manufactured between 1993–2005.
The Nissan Diesel Owner’s Manual recommends that the park brake hand control valve is overhauled at 12-month intervals. It also recommends that the valve’s operation is thoroughly checked by a qualified diesel technician when the vehicle is being serviced or if there is concern about its operation.
The Transport Agency is investigating a catastrophic failure of a truck drawbeam that resulted in a laden heavy trailer separating on 18 October 2016.
Urgent work is underway to identify any other affected trucks so that they can be checked, with one already withdrawn from the same fleet where the drawbeam showed signs of fatigue cracks.
In the meantime, this safety alert is asking truck operators, service personnel and vehicle inspectors to check for signs of cracks in drawbeams.
This safety alert has been issued by the NZ Transport Agency following recent incidents where heavy trailers have separated from the towing vehicle, specifically where the drawbar was fitted with a bolt-in tow-eye which pulled out.
What you should do: