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MTA Concerned About Remote Start-Up Cars

Motor Trade Association (MTA)

Friday 16 October

MTA Concerned About Remote Start-Up Cars

A report in today’s Dominion Post, in which a woman was seriously injured by a remote start-up vehicle, highlights the need for motorists to use caution when modifying motor vehicles, the Motor Trade Association (MTA) says.

MTA is aware of a number of vehicles which have a remote start-up facility. These devices are generally not factory fitted, but are an accessory which can be purchased by motorists. They were developed for use in either very cold or very hot climates to either warm the vehicle and demist the windscreen or cool the vehicle prior to being driven.

MTA believes that the majority of devices have an interlocking facility to prevent the vehicle from starting if it is left in gear. However, in some instances these devices are not being installed by motor industry professionals, but rather at home or by less responsible installers, which may mean the interlocking system is incorrectly installed or left off all together. MTA members have a policy of refusing to fit the devices to manual vehicles.

“Motorists need to be aware of the safety factors involved in fitting such devices,” said MTA CEO Stephen Matthews today. “It is vital that any work undertaken on motor vehicles is carried out or checked by a trained professional.”

MTA considers this to be a critical safety issue and will consult with the LTSA and MTA members to determine the best means of ensuring this type of incident never happens again.


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