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BVL/Changzhou BWD retrofitted seatbelt safety alert – what you need to know

The NZ Transport Agency issued a safety alert advising vehicle owners who have retrofitted seatbelts to check the labels on their seatbelts following safety concerns. This follows Transport Agency tests indicating seatbelts imported by Business Ventures Limited (BVL) and manufactured by Changzhou BWD, China do not meet an approved safety standard.

Safety alerts are issued by the Transport Agency when it has serious concerns about a risk to road user safety.

Information on how to identify a BVL/Changzhou BWD seatbelt is detailed in the safety alert [PDF, 418 KB].

BVL/Changzhou BWD retrofitted seatbelts

Seatbelts imported by Business Ventures Limited (BVL) and manufactured by Changzhou BWD, China can be identified by a label located on the seatbelt strap.

BVL/Changzhou BWD seatbelts are mostly used for retrofitting into modified vehicles such as motorhomes, buses and vans. They are also commonly used to replace original vehicle seatbelts if they’ve been damaged or fail a vehicle inspection.  BVL/Changzhou seatbelts are not installed by major automotive companies when vehicles are newly manufactured.

The failures identified in testing were related to over-the-shoulder belts that have a ‘d-ring’ guide and retractor’. Most lap belts do not have these features and are not being including in this safety alert.

We are advising people that if BVL/Changzhou BWD seatbelts are fitted in their vehicle’s driver seat, they do not use their vehicle until replacements are fitted. If fitted in other seating positions, we our advice is not to allow passengers to use those seats. We have also instructed vehicle inspectors to fail a vehicle for its Warrant of Fitness (WoF) or Certificate of Fitness (CoF) inspection if these seatbelts are identified in a vehicle.

If vehicle owners and operators purchased a BVL/Changzhou BWD seatbelt we recommend they talk to the retailer they purchased it from. If vehicle owners purchased a vehicle with the seatbelts already fitted, we recommend they talk to BVL.

Information on how to identify a BVL/Changzhou BWD seatbelt is detailed in the safety alert:

For more information about the BVL/Changzhou BWD seatbelt safety alert read our questions and the answers:

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