Fake parts break hearts but as it turns out it can kill you too.

Knock-off racing harnesses have entered the market and while some look the part, they may not protect you in an event of a crash. The Carmarthenshire Trading Standards in Wales discovered someone selling low-cost knockoffs of Sabelt, Sparco and Takata harnesses on Facebook and eBay. Alarmed, the Carms Council tested a fake harness and subjected it to an 80 km/h (50 mph) crash – far slower than the testing done by the real manufacturers to international standards.

Real harnesses can keep you in place at speeds over 100 km/h. It’s pretty safe to assume that the counterfeit versions performed well below the industry standards. Just how bad did the fake harnesses perform? Check out the video below.


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