Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dangerous fake harnesses uncovered.

Potentially deadly counterfeit motor racing harnesses have been uncovered by Carmarthenshire Trading Standards. The counterfeit harnesses bearing the Sabelt, Sparco and Takata brand names, have been sold on eBay and Facebook by a Carmarthenshire trader, amongst a range of counterfeit car accessories and clothing.  The trader at the center of the investigation is not currently being identified pending possible prosecution, but the trading standards team are warning people about the fakes to prevent anyone being injured, or even killed, by using the harnesses unaware that they are dangerous. The team has also released a shocking video showing the ‘catastrophic fail’ of the counterfeit Sparco six-point harness failing in controlled safety test conditions at just 50mph. The harness failed on several points, indicating that in a real life situation - and under normal use - it could cause death or serious injury.  The counterfeit harness under test was branded as Sparco. There is a real risk that the counterfeit Sabelt and Takata harnesses sold by this trader could also similarly fail. The Trading Standards team is working closely with the official product manufacturers and relevant government authorities in issuing a nationwide warning notification about the fake harnesses. Customers known to have bought the counterfeit Sparco, Sabelt and Takata harnesses from this trader have been advised to remove them from their vehicles immediately and seek civil advice. The team has stressed that there are no safety issues with genuine Sparco, Sabelt and Takata harnesses, all being reputable brands within the motor racing industry. Trading Standards urge customers to buy only through an authorized stockist of the brand they are interested in when purchasing a new harness. Cllr Jim Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “We are very concerned about these counterfeit products. Not only are they cheaply made fakes, but they could be potentially fatal.  “We are pleased to be working with the official manufacturers of the Sabelt, Sparco and Takata harnesses to help customers identify whether they have bought a genuine product or an imported fake.” - See more at: http://www.motorsport-safety.org/media/news/dangerous-fake-motor-racing-harnesses-uncovered#sthash.wRdnK6PW.dpuf


Anonymous said...

Ah yes my first Bolwell in July of 1972

I think Geoff is being very modest as he was the original builder of this car not the original owner.

Was one of the very first Mk 7 kits, ribbed floor, color in gel coat with all the challenges that brought and leaf rear springs.

No speedo just a tacho, toggle switch for indicators, no cooling fan and a generator!!

Standard Holden front wheels and 6" rims on the rear.

Completely standard FE motor including cut and shut GMH exhaust when I acquired it from a hairdresser in Melbourne Street

I first saw the car on Saturday morning television in a segment in which Geoff was the talent.

Had extensive deep star cracking of all the body surfaces due to the color in the gel coat. I had a supposedly crack painter fix it and repaint it yellow. Even though he was an experienced body and paint guy who had built my cousins's channeled 37 coupe hot rod in 1958 he didn't know a thing about stuffed gel coat in 1972 and neither did I.

The reality was even having been on the road for only 5 years the Mk 7 was utterly worn out and needed a full rebuiid and updating as it only had drum brakes and due to the lack of cooling I seized the motor a few times, just waited till it cooled down and completed my journey.

Grant bought it off me in 1975 after i reacquired it in a million bits.

Can't remember who I sold it to in 1973 or who pulled it apart but I sold it in 1973 to acquire what looked to be a very nice Mk 5 from Beaumont complete with MGA 4 speed and triple SU's, Herbert mags etc etc. Due to accident damage to the tin front end we had to space frame that car but again that is another car and another story.

The Mk 7 was never my only car whilst the Mk 5 was my daily driver and was space-framed while i still drove it to work every day.

Anonymous said...

Could you move this to the correct thread

I tried to delete it but wont let me

John L said...

Moved. See comments "RAA-633"