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Monkey bike safety standards Product Safety Concerns a) Throttle (accelerator) c) Foot pegs Owners and potential buyers of 2) Steering assembly All motorcycles shall be All motorcycles shall be monkey bikes who wish to use The steering assembly may Safety concerns equipped with an accelerator equipped with foot pegs. Each these vehicles on private be excessively loose for monkey bikes mounted on the right foot peg must be capable property should be aware that resulting in lack of steering handlebar and be self closing of holding a static load equal to there are serious concerns about control at medium to high Declaration of in a clockwise direction to idle the maximum carrying capacity the safety of many of the models speeds. dangerous goods position after release of recommended by the that are being sold. hand. manufacturer. Where a 3) Foot pegs (also known maximum carrying capacity is Following investigations carried as foot rests) b) Braking systems not supplied by the out by Product Safety officers of The foot pegs may fold under All motorcycles shall be manufacturer, each foot peg the Office of Consumer and the weight of the rider, equipped with brake systems must be capable of holding a Business Affairs, a banning order resulting in loss of balance. Monkey bikes, that are capable of acting static load of 70kg. has been placed on the sale of also known as on the front and rear wheels. these products, unless they meet 4) Throttle (accelerator) pocket or With the exception of drum d) Steering certain safety criteria. The throttle may stick mini-bikes, are type brake systems, the brake The steering head (head stem) preventing deceleration, scaled down system must incorporate a shall exhibit no free play and Briefly, the five areas of resulting in loss of versions of floating/sliding type brake the steering must move freely, concern are: speed control. motorcycles. caliper, which compensates under its own weight, from lock for any increased movement to lock with the front wheel 1) Front and rear brakes 5) Emergency stopping The Office of Consumer and of its components arising from raised off the ground. The brakes may not provide Some bikes do not have Business Affairs has detected brake pad wear. The braking sufficient stopping force and an engine stop or ‘kill switch’ five areas of major concern effort applied to the control e) Supplemental engine stop may be incorrectly adjusted. that enables the rider to with the safety of monkey lever must be equally and All motorcycles shall be quickly stop the engine in an bikes. The safety standards automatically distributed onto equipped with a functioning Brake components may be emergency. are provided in detail at the each brake lining without the thumb operated device located incorrectly fitted. end of this fact sheet and necessity for an adjuster at on the right or left handlebar consumers who own or who the brake caliper. capable of stopping the engine. are thinking of buying a The device shall be operable monkey bike are strongly throughout its full range by the urged to have the bike driver’s right or left hand checked. without removal of the hand Further information from the throttle. The device shall be clearly identified as Consumer Affairs “Engine Stop” and have the Product Safety words “Off” “Run” or equivalent 8 West Thebarton Road ISO symbols. The device and Thebarton SA 5031 identification shall be clearly Telephone (08) 8152 0732 visible and legible to the Facsimile (08) 8234 1486 www.ocba.sa.gov.au seated driver. safetyconcernsfor nkeybikes e e nkeybikes safetyconcernsformonkeybikes yconcernsformonkeybikes tyconcernsformonkeybikes safetyconcernsformonkeybikes Under SA’s road laws, These monkey bikes are What should consumers do? What should suppliers do? monkey bikes cannot be characterised by their ridden on any publicly-owned potential high speed. It is this Pre-ban purchases If consumers have the bike Pre-ban sales Post-ban sales property, including roads, characteristic that arouses Consumers who purchased a checked by an automotive Under both State and Suppliers must ensure that any bicycle paths, footpaths, safety concerns when it is monkey bike before the ban mechanic after purchase and it Federal fair-trading laws, any monkey bikes they sell meet the beaches, parks, forests and combined with structural order came into effect are is clear that the bike did not goods offered for sale must safety standards set out in the reserves. fragility or mechanical flaws. strongly urged to have it meet the minimum safety be reasonably fit for their ban order. It is immaterial if they checked by a qualified automo- standards at the time of the sale purpose. For example, a bike purchased them before or after A declaration of a dangerous Battery-operated ride-on toys tive mechanic, particularly in the - that is, they were sold a must be reasonably fit to be the banning order was made. good has been made in intended to go at a walking five areas covered by the safety banned bike - it is the view of ridden. If a consumer can Suppliers are strongly advised to respect to motorcycles speed are not monkey bikes standards. If the mechanic the Office of Consumer and demonstrate that a bike sold have the bikes checked by a powered by an internal and are not covered by the advises the bike is unsafe, Business Affairs that the to them is dangerous to ride, qualified automotive mechanic. combustion engine, not ban order. consumers should ask the supplier should give them a full the consumer can ask for intended for certification mechanic to provide a written, refund. repairs, replacement with a If suppliers sell a bike that under the "Road Vehicle signed and dated opinion that compliant bike, or for a contravenes the ban, their sale Certification System". This details the faults. They should The Office of Consumer and refund. Proof of purchase will be illegal. This offence has a banning order includes those then take the bike back to the Business Affairs advises and a letter from a qualified penalty of up to $10,000. motorcycles known as Mini supplier, together with their consumers to exercise common mechanic can assist Bikes, Pocket Bikes or receipt, and request a repair or sense if they are purchasing a consumers in proving that a Monkey Bikes that do not refund. If the supplier cannot be monkey bike. bike was dangerous. meet the safety criteria within located, consumers will • Go to a supplier who appears the schedule. probably need to undertake the to have some expertise in repairs at their own expense, recreational vehicles. unless they can identify the • Check to see if the supplier company that manufactured the knows about the ban and the bike and pursue the repair or safety standards. refund request with them. • Ask whether the supplier has had their bikes checked by a Post-ban purchases qualified automotive mechanic. Consumers who are considering • Make an evaluation of whether buying a monkey bike should the supplier appears to be the ensure that the supplier has had kind of supplier who is likely to it checked against the minimum still be around tomorrow, in safety standards before they case you have a problem. purchase the bike. Consumers should also ask the trader to endorse their proof of purchase (e.g. receipt) to the effect that www.ocba.sa.gov.au the bike meets the standards set out in the banning order.