Three out of eight brake pads fail to meet R90 standards, DVSA investigation finds

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DVSA to work with Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation as market surveillance turns to braking

Three out of eight brake pads fail to meet R90 standards, a DVSA market surveillance unit investigation has found.

Testing both performance and labelling in accordance with UNECE 90 Regulation, the DVSA recently tested eight different brands of aftermarket brake pads.

Using the registration number of the host vehicle for correct component selection, the compatible components were selected.

Each brake pad was then tested to R90 standards and associated performance requirements where there is a tolerance of +/- 15 percent of the OEM.

In performance tests, three out of the eight brake pad brands were found to be non-compliant and failing to meet the performance requirements.

Further findings showed that approval documents for the three failed components were false, and that the component and associated packaging were incorrect as they displayed an approval number that was not valid for that particular application.

The three brands have been instructed to withdraw the brake pads from sale until the proper approvals have been granted and the relevant approval authority has also been notified of the incorrect use of their approval.

Ian Bartlett, senior engineer, at the DVSA’s vehicle safety and 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.”

Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said: “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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