01 May 2011
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The torque wrench becomes is essential in the caravan owners’ toolkit

The road safety charity Brake describes loose wheels from vehicles as bouncing bombs. Should a wheel detached at speed, it could hit an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian with incredible force

It is estimated that runaway wheels kill up to 10 people and injure many more each year in the UK. Inaccurate wheel nut torque is often the reason for this type of accident. The charity suggests that wheel loss can result from over-tightening, as well as insufficient tightening, and nuts need regular checking.

Following a product recall by a leading British caravan manufacturer because of a number of reports of detached wheels, torque specialist Norbar Torque Tools has emphasised the need to ensure that the correct manufacturer specified level of torque is applied to caravan wheel nuts. Philip Brodey, Director of Norbar, explained: "Precise control of torque is hugely important to road safety. Over-tightening wheel fastenings can cause them to break under stress while if bolts are loose they can come free with vibration. A quality torque wrench is an essential item for the caravan owner's tool kit."

Norbar tools are designed and manufactured in house at their factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire and all are supplied with traceable calibration certificates. The company recommends a torque wrench such as the Norbar TruTorque 150 as being suitable for car and caravan wheels.

Paul Gay

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