HondaMPE sends lawyer’s letter to Australian manufacturer of safety devices
Posted on May 8, 2013
Just over a week after Australia’s national safety authority, Safe Work Australia, slammed the quad bike and all terrain vehicle manufacturers over shortsightedness on safety, Honda MPE has sent legal correspondence to an Australian manufacturer of crush protection devices (CPD), Quadbar Industries, over the wording of a sticker.
In the letter Peter Cash of Norton Rose Australia says that his client HondaMPE believes that a sticker on each Quadbar identified as a “compliance plate” may misled or deceive “members of the public and, in particular, prospective purchasers of your device”, and potential purchasers of Honda quad bikes.
The wording of the sticker is:
Certification/ fitment contact
Manufacturer 118 Industries
7 Margaret St Clifton, Qld Aust.
MAXIMUM VEHICLE WEIGHT 300kg
Model/ Serial Number
SafetyAtWorkBlog is not in a position to dispute the contents of the letter but, although the complaint may be legitimate, it is a curious action to be taken by HondaMPE. The company is not making any claims about the safety or otherwise of the Quadbar product.
Honda has been involved in a campaign about CPDs and quad bike safety for some years. They, and their industry representatives, the Federated Chamber of Automotive Industries, have lobbied their dealers over the fitting of CPDs and supported and distributed posters against CPDs. But the letter above mentions none of these concerns.
It appears that Honda objects to the Quadbar sticker being labelled as a “compliance plate”. After years of objecting to the existence of CPDs such a letter, on such an issue, seems to be pedantic and petty. Honda may be right but why has it chosen a sticker with possibly inaccurate wording to be THE matter that has generated a lawyer’s letter, with a mention of possible “legal proceeding”, to an Australian manufacturer of a device that is claimed to save the lives of farmers. Very odd.