Birmingham Trading Standards are calling on the government to consider a licensing scheme for garages to make sure that LPG conversions are carried out correctly after it was discovered that out of 20 cars tested, 19 were found to be potentially dangerous.

Vauxhall today made it clear that it offers only fully-engineered, fully-warranted dualfuel cars and vans, built at its plants in the UK or in Europe, and with final modifications carried out by a GM plant in the UK.

The company, UK market leader in the dualfuel field, said today: "Thanks to a range of additional safety features, Vauxhall dualfuel vehicles are as safe as ordinary petrol or diesel models.

"All Vauxhall dualfuel gas tanks meet international safety standards and the integrity of the LPG system has been proved by extensive testing."

In the Vauxhall dualfuel range – currently Astra and Zafira, Astravan and Combo, with more models due in the next few months – a unique format gas filler port only allows connection to an authorised LPG refuelling point.

An automatic isolator valve shuts off the gas supply whenever the ignition is switched off or in the event of an accident, while an excess flow valve on the LPG tank shuts off the gas if a hose or pipework is severed or disconnected.

Even if there should be a vehicle fire, the gas is vented in a controlled manner through pressure relief valves.

Vauxhall’s vehicles are not vehicle conversions, but fully engineered GM-approved and manufactured vehicles, fully tested and type-approved for reliability and safety with a full Vauxhall three year/60,000 mile warranty.

Published : 10/07/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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