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Human Interest - Local
Written by Kristin Edge, The Northern Advocate   
Monday, 28 September 2009

A Northland man's death may not have been in vain. Picture/John Stone

In February 52-year-old Iain Craig Connell lost control of his car on a wet road and  drowned after his vehicle plunged into the Ngunguru River.

During an inquest into the death an experienced fatal crash analyst said if snow tyres - which are legal but known to provide less grip on a wet road - had not been on the rear of the Japanese import Nissan Avenir station wagon, the death could have been avoided.

Northland Coroner Brandt Shortland called for a law change   banning the tyres  from being fitted to imported Japanese cars.

In response to the inquest, the Motor Trade Association criticised the delays that had occurred in banning the import of snow tyres into New Zealand, including those tyres which are illegal in Japan but satisfy current minimum tread depth standards for Warrant of Fitness tests in New Zealand.

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