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ASA DELETES DPF REMOVAL ADVERT

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ASA DELETES DPF REMOVAL ADVERT


Advert watchdog, the ASA has banned a web page offering DPF removal services.

The webpage, on the website of Somerset-based Avon Tuning, offered DPF removal services, Under the heading “Will removing the DPF result in an MOT failure?” text stated “… the only MOT regulation regarding the DPF is a simple visual inspection, as long as the DPF still appears to be fitted – the vehicle will pass the MOT visual inspection. Therefore we only remove the internal core, leaving the outer casing in place. The vehicle will appear to have a DPF fitted and will appear unmodified”.

A complaint was lodged to the regulator by Friends of the Earth as the organisation understood it to be illegal to drive on a public road with the DPF removed, challenged whether the advert was illegal by ommiting this information.

In response, Avon Tuning said that the ad made clear through the qualification “*Our DPF Removal service is sold for off-road use only” that the service wasn’t for road-going vehicles. The company did not believe that this could mislead consumers into thinking that it was legal to drive without a DPF on a public road.

However, the ASA did not agree. “We considered that it was material information that the advertised procedure would make a vehicle illegal to use on public roads and therefore the ad needed to make that information immediately clear to consumers” read a statement from the watchdog. “As such, because that information was omitted from the ad and it instead suggested that vehicles which had their DPF removed could be used on public roads, we concluded that the ad was misleading.

The ASA banned the ad in the original form. After the ruling went live, the tuning company added a longer disclaimer stating that the service would likely render the vehicle illegal on a public road and removed details about the MOT visual inspection. However, all the details of the deletion service offered remain on the page.

 

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LEGISLATION LOOMS FOR SUPPLIERS


Neil Pattemore – The Spectre of type approval for many more aftermarket parts looms large but is it safety issues or the VMs lobbying politicians that drive this change?

Neil Battemore Business Analyst at XEN Consultancy and FIGEFA representative

Neil Battemore
Business Analyst at XEN Consultancy for the aftermarket

Let’s talk about Europe. Recently the aftermarket’s offer of replacement parts has come under threat from draft European vehicle type approval legislation in Brussels. This draft legislation contains proposals aimed at ensuring that vehicles continue to comply with their original type approval requirements throughout their life, by approving replacement parts to ensure that they function to the same standard as the original parts used when the car was originally manufactured.

You might argue that the MOT test is there to verify that a vehicle and its systems continue to work correctly, that it’s safe and secure, with acceptable emissions levels, but this is not how TA parts and components would be checked.

TYPE APPROVAL

To be fair, there are some key replacement parts that already need to be type approved. You’ll know most of them: windscreens, tyres, headlamps, catalysts, DPF’s and brake parts. These are all marked with an ‘E’ mark to show that they meet type approved requirements (the number after the ‘E’ denotes the EU Member State where the type approval was conducted – e.g. 11 is the UK). However, the legitimacy of the ‘E’ marking is the responsibility of the workshop that fits the part – who if challenged, needs to be able to show an audit trail from their parts supplier back to the original manufacturer’s certificate to prove that the part is legitimately type approved.

For just about every other part or component of the vehicle, many of which are not so easy to inspect, there is no current requirement for ‘E’ marking or any form of direct assessment. If a part is replaced and the vehicle remains safe, secure and roadworthy, it is perfectly acceptable.

It is not that the aftermarket has stopped offering quality parts and components – in fact it is just the opposite – there is probably more competition and choice of quality parts than ever before, but that simply being able to offer various parts and components is now coming under threat, even when some parts or components are of a higher specification than the vehicle manufacturer’s original parts. OEM parts and components are made to a price, not necessarily the highest possible specification.

The background to this issue is partly coming from the vehicle manufacturers who consider that although they are subject to type approval, aftermarket parts are not and this is deemed unfair. It is also emanating from ‘L-Category’ legislation – which is motorbikes, where there is a wish to control the (unregulated) replacement performance parts but in doing so can also impact the emissions, noise or safety of the bikes.

REAL THREAT

Meanwhile, VMs conduct ‘whole vehicle type approval’ which includes all parts and components fitted to the original vehicle, for the aftermarket this is much more difficult and expensive – each replacement part would have to be tested for each of its applications, meaning not only finding examples of the actual vehicles, but also the test centres that can conduct the type approval testing.

This creates a real threat to the aftermarket parts suppliers, who at best will have to comply with significant and burdensome type approval test requirements, but there is also a significant cost attached to this process. The result will be fewer and more expensive parts.

Critically, there is a huge question over the ‘proportionality’ of this proposal – there is little evidence that aftermarket replacement parts and components create any significant safety or emission issues. Additionally, if they did not fit and work correctly, then the vehicle would not function or perform correctly and may fail an MOT.

TILTED FIELD

The claim is that by type approving aftermarket replacement parts it creates a level playing field between the vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket parts and components suppliers, but I don’t see it that way – the European legislators seem to have been swayed by arguments from the VMs that the type approval of replacement parts is necessary – but this seems to ignore the point that the vehicle manufacturers have the most to gain and that it will ultimately be the consumer who suffers through having a reduced choice of more expensive replacement parts.

To enforce this type approval requirement, there is a proposal to conduct ‘market surveillance’ on replacement parts and components, although it is not yet clear exactly how this may be conducted, there have already been ‘dawn raids’ on parts distributors in some European countries.

These proposals in the revised type approval legislation have been vigorously challenged by FIGIEFA (the European association of spare parts distributors), who have claimed that these proposals are both unnecessary and disproportionate. Additionally, they will create unfair competition, rather than resolve it and will raise costs with little proven benefit. At worst, it will increase costs for legitimate European manufacturers, whilst obliging repair workshops to buy original parts from their local dealer – undermining the competitive choice of the aftermarket and increasing consumer costs. Just remind me – who will benefit from all of this?

So supporting one of the aftermarket organisations that help FIGIEFA fight this challenge is more important than ever – your future choices are worth fighting for.

You can find more about Neil’s aftermarket consultancy at: xenconsultancy.com 

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ROW ERUPTS OVER CATALYST TYPE APPROVAL

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ROW ERUPTS OVER CATALYST TYPE APPROVAL


Four catalytic converter suppliers have issued a statement regarding the legality of fitting certain products supplied by UK manufacturer Klarius.

The statement, from BM Cats, EEC, TP Cats and Euroflo, follows from Klarius’ admission on  23 December that it had inadvertently incorporated ‘incorporated the wrong monolith into manufactured parts‘.

The statement from the four reads: “It is our belief that these parts are in effect not Type Approved Catalytic Converters and therefore cannot be sold as a Type Approved product under the The Motor Vehicles (Replacement of Catalytic Converters and Pollution Control Devices) Regulations 2009.  Anyone doing so may be subject to a fine of up to £5,000 per parts seeks their own legal advice before doing so”. The companies had previously issued a more detailed statement about what constitutes Type Approval.

Klarius says that “Immediately on discovering (the wrong monoliths) we have entered into discussions with the relevant authorities to seek a solution”. The firm’s statement adds that it has been’a long standing campaigner for stringent application of Type Approval’. An update on the situation will be issued on 9 January.

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Announcement from Klarius: Catalytic converter supply

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Announcement from Klarius: Catalytic converter supply


Klarius-logo-blackAs a result of discovering some administrative anomalies we have immediately suspended all production and deliveries of Type Approved converters while we implement the appropriate corrective actions.

Having closely reviewed our production and disassembled some of our stock we are disappointed to report we have discovered anomalies where we have incorporated the wrong monolith into manufactured parts.

Please note the monoliths incorrectly incorporated are fully functioning and correctly loaded with the appropriate metals. The error has been an internal issue.

Immediately on discovering this we have entered into discussions with the relevant authorities to seek a solution.

We apologise unreservedly to our customers and the independent aftermarket as a whole for this error.

We will communicate individually with you as over the next 48 hours as more information and solutions become available, and we thank you for your support and understanding through this short period.

Klarius is recognised in the market as a premium product which has the lowest quality returns rate in the market. We have not benefited financially or commercially from this error and the distributors and end users have not knowingly been supplied the wrong component. As a long standing campaigner for more stringent application of Type Approval we are keen to implement corrective actions as soon as possible.

Please note that our exhaust, DPF, CAT front pipe, and our non-approved Catalytic Converter supply remains absolutely unaffected.

It is hoped we can implement all corrective actions over the Seasons holiday period. We will of course keep you fully updated.

Immediately on discovering this we have entered into discussions with the relevant authorities to seek a solution.

Details of the type approval requirements and the consequences for non-conformity can be found by CLICKING HERE .

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Clarification on catalytic converter homologation

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Clarification on catalytic converter homologation


36317carFollowing recent developments surrounding the homologation of catalytic converters produced by a UK-based manufacturer, four emissions-based manufacturers have issued the following joint press release to clarify a number of key points.

Homologation independently as a direct fit manufacturer

Manufacturers of direct fit catalytic converters are able to obtain approvals for their own parts using their own R&D and choice of approval houses at significant costs. This process means that the manufacturer has complete ownership of the certificates. The homologation number allocated is unique to that manufacturer and can only be used by that producer. It is not possible to transfer those numbers to other part numbers/manufacturers without an application to the issuing body. The manufacturer is the owner of the certificate.

Homologation through extensions

Manufacturers who own their own approvals (as per point 1) are able to extend these certificates for additional brands for a small fee. The extension is made by the owner of the certificate applying to the issuing body for the additional brand to be added to the approval. Once accepted by the issuing body, a new homologation number and certificate is created and the certificate owner is able to manufacture and supply the applicable references noted on the documentation. The brand name does not have any control or ownership of the certificates.

Production Requirements

In both types of homologation, the requirement is on the owner of the certificate to use the correct raw materials and production methods to ensure performance is in accordance with the original tests conducted to achieve the certification.

If under an extension a manufacturer has only supplied a universal cat, allowing a brand to finish production, then the brand can only use these parts for the approval number to be valid. The brand cannot produce parts bearing the approval number using universal cats not supplied by the certificate owner.  If a brand does manufacture without the correct universal cat then the parts would, in effect, have no approval.

If a certificate is withdrawn, no further products can be produced and parts in the market may be subject to a restriction of sale depending on the reason for withdrawal.

Consequences for Non Conformity in the UK

The supply of non-approved catalysts (for vehicles first registered on or after 1/3/01), or catalysts without a valid homologation number, is currently up to £5,000 per offence.

Links to Legislations

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/1899/pdfs/uksi_20091899_en.pdf
http://www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29regs101-120.html

We, the undersigned, all agree with the above statement and operate within the above framework

BM Catalysts, EuroFlo, European Exhausts & Catalysts and TP Cats

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