I have a 1980 Mini saloon which I put pucca seat extensions on the front 5 years ago. Last week my local testing station failed them as requiring LVV certification here in NZ. Below are their reasons when I challenged the ruling. Has anyone else anywhere had this problem or has anyone some good arguments I can use so I can put them back on? Anyone on NZ achieved LVV certification for this addition or like me think it is going a bit too far. LVV costs NZ$250 minimum.
"The wording in my opinion says it needs a cert as it alters the attachment of seat to anchorage and changes the position of seatbelt anchorages. While this may sound harsh, looking at the brackets they don’t look that good, which leads me to doubt that they are of a known and reputable brand, for the following reasons, all of which need to be inspected and assessed:
The original seat bracket fits between two brackets on the floor so is in double shear. The new bracket fits in the same place but only attaches to the seat in single shear.
The loads are moved onto the top of the crossmember not the front
The hole in the bracket is a large oval, unlike the original.
The seat is relocated sideways by the thickness of the bracket
If it is a tipping seat the rear legs sit on a different part of the floor that wasn’t intended to take the seat load
The bolts on the bracket look smaller than the original bolt, no washers
The front of the bracket sits up higher than original so is a higher risk of harming the occupant
The bracket is multi-hole so the seat could be mounted up higher, altering the loads further, as well as altering the seat angle.
VTNZ Technical Support Consultant "