When you hook your boat, horse float or trailer up to your tow bar how much thought do you give to safety?
An unsafe tow bar could result in damage to property or personal injury to you or your family. This can be a frightening and expensive experience so it is important to choose a tow bar you know that meets compliance standards and puts safety first.
Several engineering companies and tow bar suppliers install tow bars that probably don’t meet the strict safety regulations. By far, the majority of these tow bars have never been tested and it is doubtful if they would match the engineering integrity built into your Mazda.
When purchasing a new vehicle people often request a tow bar be added. It is the responsibility of your dealer to ensure they are fitting a tow bar that has been correctly made and installed. Although your tow bar may be stamped by an engineer and displays a recommended tow weight, beware, it may not be built to New Zealand standards or even have been tested.
By insisting on a Mazda Genuine Tow Bar you can be reassured of the quality and if the tow bar is fitted prior to delivery the 3 Year 100,000km warranty applies to your new Mazda including all accessories.
As each new Mazda model is launched a locally produced tow bar is designed specifically for the vehicle by New Zealand engineers working with Mazda’s technical staff to achieve a result that matches or exceeds Mazda Motor Corporation’s specifications.
Design testing is carried out using “on the vehicle” test rigs specifically designed for the testing of tow bars and vehicles to New Zealand and Australian standards. These test beds can be adapted to apply forces at specified angles to test the designs for stress and weak points, and they use on-car testing for checking tow bar mounting points, body flex and stress.
Other needs are also addressed at the design stage. Such as the ease of fitting, the appearance of the fitted tow bar, the packaging and storage needs, and transportability throughout the Mazda dealer network.
Mazda3 tow bar tongue being subjected to sideways loading
Mazda 3 tongue testing fore and aft loading
Once the design has been finalised the tow bar is manufactured, using high tech machinery such as plasma cutters that produce high quality work which needs a bare minimum of finishing while maintaining optimum wastage.
A Lincoln Plasma cutter at work cutting components from sheet steel
The components are bent to shape and welded as required and go through the final painting processes. All individual components are assembled together then packaged along with fitting kits and instructions in strong cardboard packaging which allows both individual and bulk distribution to each Mazda dealership.