DVSA to work with IAAF as illegal brake parts revealed

Published:  08 April, 2022

Three out of eight aftermarket brake pads tested by the DVSA’s Market Surveillance Unit failed to meet UNECE R90 performance requirements, and the government body says it will work with the IAAF to address the problem.

DVSA was testing the compliance of both OEM and aftermarket braking components. Additional investigation exposed that approval documents for the three failed parts were bogus, and that the component and associated packaging were incorrect as they showed an approval number that was not relevant to that application.

The brands in question were been ordered to remove the brake pads from sale pending the granting of real approvals. The approval authority was also told about the incorrect use of their approval.

Ian Bartlett, Senior Engineer, Vehicle Safety & Market Surveillance Unit, said “The findings from this work have proved that the current quality systems used by these producers and distributors have allowed the sale of incorrect brake pads. We will use this period to educate the market to ensure that corrective action can be taken to prevent further occurrence.”

IAAF Chief Executive Mark Field added: “It’s clear that more work needs to be done on re-educating parts of the market on the requirements of regulation R90, both for pads and discs, something which IAAF will look to support the market with in the coming months. It’s also evident from DVSA that every business in the supply chain – garages, motor factors, suppliers – has a responsibility to ensure the parts they sell and fit meet the regulations for which they were intended.”

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