Coroner David Master is writing to trading standards condemning some off road motorbikes as lethal weapons that should never have been imported into the UK. The BBC reports a 110cc Loncin model burst into flames when it crashed, due to the substandard design, killing a teenage rider last September.
The motorbike in question was imported from China and sold on eBay, in fact several Loncin products are still up for sale this morning. Sellers should be aware that if they import goods other countries have different safety standards and it is their responsibility to ensure products meet with all UK regulations. Whilst there is always a demand for goods at competitive prices in this case tragically it cost a life.
Trading Standards are well aware of safety issues with mini motorbikes. A report by Tameside Trading Standards in August last year found every bike tested failed even the most basic of visual tests:
Absence of speed limiting devices
Cut off switches that don’t work or cut in again
Dangerous fuel tanks and pipe work
Petrol and vapour leakages (that could cause an explosion)
Sharp edges on parts that could cause serious injury
Absence of any manuals or user information
Any sellers supplying this type of product should ensure they meet with UK safety standards