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Quad bike standard

On 23 June 2021, the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 (external link) was amended to include an exception from applying Part 3 of the Standard for new and imported second hand general-use quad bikes ordered by a quad bike dealer before 1 July 2021.

About the quad bike standard

To help protect quad bike users, the Australian Government introduced a mandatory safety standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL): the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 (external link).

The standard does not apply to secondhand quad bikes other than those secondhand quad bikes that are imported into Australia.

Full details about the standard are also available at Product Safety Australia (external link) and in the ACCC Quad bike safety standard information sheet (external link).

The standard requires all new and imported secondhand quad bikes to:

  • have a hang a tag on the quad bike that allows you to compare the safety of models prior to purchase
  • have a durable warning label affixed to the quad bike that warns the user of the quad bike of the risk of rollover
  • include, in the owner’s manual, information on the risk of rollover, and
  • meet certain requirements in the US or European standards for quad bikes and have a spark arrestor that conforms to the US or Australian standards
  • have an operator protection device (OPD) fitted or integrated into its design to help protect riders from the risk of serious injury or fatality as a result of being crushed or pinned in the event of a rollover by holding the quad bike off the ground, and
  • meet minimum stability requirements for lateral, rearward and forward static stability.

Resources

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released videos and facts sheets to help consumers and quad bike suppliers understand the changes.

Consumers

Quad bike safety standard: Consumer information: ACCC (external link)

ACCC consumer fact sheet (external link)

Dealers

Quad bike safety standard: Supplier information: ACCC (external link)

ACCC dealer fact sheet (external link).

Updated: 26th May 2022