VOSA’s Matters of Testing Online Update for April included pictures of a couple of MOT horror stories sent in by centres from vehicles under test.
They included a safety pinned nearside rear seatbelt of the vehicle being tested. On first inspection the belt was latched and all looked fine, however when the belt was unlatched and pulled out for a closer look hidden danger emerged from between the seats.
The belt had obviously been cut and the first aid kit raided to affect a repair, unfortunately safety pins and sticking plasters are never going to heal this wound – scary stuff indeed.
More dangerous D.I.Y. was in evidence on the brakes of a Ford Focus. This was presented for a retest with the near side rear handbrake repaired by the owner… As he’d been unable to back off the cable adjuster, he decided to extend the cable length with a plastic cable tie attached to the new calliper. Worrying to think what could have happened had the tie broken when the vehicle was unattended.
An excellent example of the common saying “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”