LPG safety alert

Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

ASAFETY warn­ing was is­sued last week about LPG con­ver­sions and retest­ing that took place be­tween mid-2003 and Au­gust 2005. Since early 2005, there have been a lim­ited num­ber of pres­sure rup­tures of LPG tanks on mo­tor ve­hi­cles, so far with­out caus­ing any se­ri­ous in­jury. How­ever, rup­ture of an LPG tank due to a build up of pres­sure can gen­er­ate very sig­nif­i­cant forces with the po­ten­tial for se­ri­ous in­jury and dam­age to prop­erty. Most of th­ese in­ci­dents in­volved ve­hi­cles with two or more LPG tanks fit­ted. The safety re­lief valve de­signed to re­lieve any ad­verse build up of pres­sure in the LPG tank/s may not func­tion as in­tended, de­pend­ing on the type of valve used and the torque lev­els used dur­ing in­stal­la­tion. If mul­ti­ple LPG tanks are fit­ted and the fuel ser­vice line to the en­gine from one tank is closed, so that no fuel is used from that tank and it is main­tained as a re­serve tank, that tank may grad­u­ally over­fill and may rup­ture if the pres­sure re­lief valve fails to op­er­ate cor­rectly. Mo­torists who had LPG tank in­stal­la­tions or tanks retested be­tween mid-2003 and Au­gust 2005, in par­tic­u­lar if two or more tanks have been fit­ted, are re­quested to con­tact an LPG tank in­staller/fit­ting sta­tion to ar­range an in­spec­tion and pres­sure re­lief valve re­place­ment if re­quired. Ve­hi­cle own­ers should ne­go­ti­ate with the LPG in­staller/ fit­ting sta­tion on an ap­pro­pri­ate fee (if any) for any cor­rec­tive ac­tion re­quired. If the tank/s are Manch­ester branded tanks which were fit­ted be­tween Au­gust 2003 and April 2005, th­ese are sub­ject to a vol­un­tary re­call and the pres­sure re­lief valves fit­ted will be re­placed at no cost.

LPG tanks fit­ted or retested be­tween mid-2003 and Au­gust 2005 are the sub­ject of a safety warn­ing

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