Quad safety woes continue
Honda threatens to pull out of market over safety laws
HONDA has threatened to stop selling its quad bikes in Australia if the next Federal Government makes operator (rollover) protection devices mandatory.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission made the recommendation to the Federal Government last month, after almost 18 months of deliberations, industry consultation and 119 submissions.
But Honda said it would stop selling quad bikes in Australia if the ACCC’S draft standard became law.
Honda Motorcycle & Power Equipment managing director Robert Toscano said the firm “won’t fit devices to our ATVS (quad bikes) that real world studies have shown do not improve safety”.
Honda said it told the ACCC many times the Japanese automotive giant would not change the design of an ATV where the safety benefits of the change are unknown: “Honda won’t risk customers’ lives. Of significant concern to Honda is the requirement to fit an aftermarket OPD, or similar in-house design,” Mr Toscano said.
Last month Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert ducked adopting the ACCC’S recommendations in the lead-up to the Federal Election, by announcing yet another round of public consultation that would not be completed until at least June 10.
The ACCC also called for the:
■ Adoption of US and European standards on quad bike longitudinal and lateral stability
■ Rollover warning hang tags to be placed on all quad bikes, stating at what angle the quad could tilt on to two wheels
The ACCC wants Operator Protection Devices – quadbars and ATV lifeguards – fitted to all general-use quad bikes, with manufacturers given the option of producing their own to a similar standard within.
Ten people died on ATVS
risk customers’ lives. Of significant concern to Honda is the requirement to fit an after market OPD.
— Robert Toscano
in Australia last year.
SAFETY: Honda said it won’t fit rollover devices to its quad bikes, stating studies have shown they do not improve safety.