POTENTIALLY deadly counterfeit motor racing harnesses have been uncovered by Carmarthenshire Trading Standards.
The counterfeit harnesses bearing the Sabelt, Sparco and Takata brand names, have been sold on eBay and Facebook by a Carmarthenshire trader, amongst a range of counterfeit car accessories and clothing.
The trader at the centre of the investigation is not currently being identified pending possible prosecution, but the trading standards team are warning people about the fakes to prevent anyone being injured, or even killed, by using the harnesses unaware that they are dangerous.
The team has also released a shocking video showing the ‘catastrophic fail’ of the counterfeit Sparco six-point harness failing in controlled safety test conditions at just 50mph.
The harness failed on several points, indicating that in a real life situation – and under normal use – it could cause death or serious injury.
The counterfeit harness under test was branded as Sparco. There is a real risk that the counterfeit Sabelt and Takata harnesses sold by this trader could also similarly fail.
The Trading Standards team is working closely with the official product manufacturers and relevant government authorities in issuing a nationwide warning notification about the fake harnesses.
Customers known to have bought the counterfeit Sparco, Sabelt and Takata harnesses from this trader have been advised to remove them from their vehicles immediately and seek civil advice.
The team has stressed that there are no safety issues with genuine Sparco, Sabelt and Takata harnesses, all being reputable brands within the motor racing industry.
Trading Standards urge customers to buy only through an authorised stockist of the brand they are interested in when purchasing a new harness.
Cllr Jim Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “We are very concerned about these counterfeit products. Not only are they cheaply made fakes, but they could be potentially fatal.
“We are pleased to be working with the official manufacturers of the Sabelt, Sparco and Takata harnesses to help customers identify whether they have bought a genuine product or an imported fake.”
- Anyone with concerns about harnesses, or other motor racing safety products bought from an unofficial or discounted seller, should contact their local Trading Standards team for advice. In Carmarthenshire, contact Trading Standards on email@example.com or call 01267 234567.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children
Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.
Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real. Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.
Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help. My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.
‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’
Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge. Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund.
‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most. I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’
If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb
Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package
A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.
People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.
However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.
That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.
“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.
“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.
“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”
The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.
The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.
Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.
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