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BVL (Business Ventures Limited) retrofitted seatbelt safety alert – what you need to know

The NZ Transport Agency first issued a safety alert in October 2018 advising vehicle owners who have retrofitted seatbelts to check the labels on their seatbelts following safety concerns. We have updated this page following Transport Agency tests and investigations indicating seatbelts imported by Business Ventures Limited (BVL) manufactured either by Changzhou BWD China or by Jiang Su Jiu Jiu Traffic Facilities Co. Ltd. do not meet an approved safety standard.

Safety alerts are issued by the Transport Agency when it has serious concerns about a risk to road user safety.

Information on how to identify a BVL seatbelt is detailed in the updated safety alert [PDF, 565 KB].

BVL retrofitted seatbelts

Seatbelts imported by Business Ventures Limited (BVL) manufactured either by Changzhou BWD China or by Jiang Su Jiu Jiu Traffic Facilities Co. Ltd. can be identified by a label located on the seatbelt strap.

BVL seatbelts are mostly used for retrofitting into modified vehicles such as vans, buses and motorhomes. They are also commonly used to replace original vehicle seatbelts if they’ve been damaged or fail a vehicle inspection.  BVL seatbelts are not installed by major automotive companies when vehicles are newly manufactured.

The failures identified in testing were related to over-the-shoulder belts that have a ‘d-ring’ guide and retractor. Most lap belts do not have these features and are not being included in this safety alert.

We are advising people that if BVL seatbelts (manufactured either by Changzhou BWD China or by Jiang Su Jiu Jiu Traffic Facilities Co. Ltd.) are fitted in their vehicle’s driver seat, they do not use their vehicle until replacements are fitted. If fitted in other seating positions, our advice is not to allow passengers to use those seats. We have also instructed vehicle inspectors to fail a vehicle for its Warrant of Fitness (WoF) or Certificate of Fitness (CoF) inspection if these seatbelts are identified in a vehicle.

If your vehicle has an affected seatbelt please contact the reseller from whom you purchased the belt for advice on getting the seatbelts replaced with a safe alternative. Alternatively, please contact BVL (Business Ventures Limited) on info@bvl.co.nz or 09 574 6724.

Information on how to identify a BVL seatbelt manufactured either by Changzhou BWD China or by Jiang Su Jiu Jiu Traffic Facilities Co. Ltd. is detailed in the updated safety alert:

Media releases

To read the media releases about this issue, see

Questions and answers

For more information about the BVL seatbelt safety alert read our questions and the answers:

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