The mandatory standard requires that motor vehicle recovery straps manufactured or imported after 1 October 2010 (and all recovery straps supplied after 1 January 2011) carry prominent labelling and warnings to promote safe usage of the product.
Recovery straps, also called snatch straps, are used to connect two vehicles when one vehicle is freeing another from being bogged. The straps stretch and release energy under tension to achieve a sharp, jerking action.
The standard does not apply to vehicle lifting slings or tie-down straps, wire cable, chain, rope or straps for conventional towing situations.
Death and serious injury
At least two fatalities and one serious injury have occurred in Queensland since 2003 as a result of the unsafe use of recovery straps. Incorrect attachment to tow bars and tow hooks have resulted in the tow hooks being sheered from vehicles and recoiled at force, striking and fatally injuring onlookers. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there have been many more incidents involving non-fatal injuries.
The mandatory standard gives national coverage to regulatory requirements which were previously introduced in Queensland. Key requirements are set out below however, for complete information about all mandatory requirements for motor vehicle recovery straps, we strongly advise that you read Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Motor Vehicle Recovery Straps) Regulations 2010.
Under the ACL supply includes:
The mandatory standard for motor vehicle recovery straps manufactured in or imported into Australia after 1 October 2010. The regulation also provides that after 1 January 2011, all motor vehicle recovery straps will need to comply with the safety standard, irrespective of when they were manufactured or imported.
Motor vehicle recovery straps have been associated with serious injury and death. It is an offence to supply recovery straps that do not comply with the requirements of this mandatory standard. For complete information about the mandatory requirements, we strongly recommend you read:
Supplying motor vehicle recovery straps that do not meet requirements of mandatory standards can make you liable for product recalls and fines. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.
The requirements below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the regulation. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing motor vehicle recovery straps
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
The packaging for a motor vehicle recovery strap must display the following information about the strap in English and in a way that is clearly visible and legible, including, for example, on the packaging or on a label attached to the packaging:
Permanently fixed information
The following information about a motor vehicle recovery strap must be in English and be permanently fixed to the strap by, for example, stitching a label to the strap so that it is clearly visible and legible when the strap is being used:
A motor vehicle recovery strap must also be accompanied by a document, other than the packaging, stating the following information written in English:
The information to accompany a motor vehicle recovery strap must state all of the following: