I am importing an 01 Forester STi and preparing parts for it when it lands. I have purchased some new LHD OEM headlights. But I'm wondering if someone could tell me if the seat belts have CMVSS on the tags already or I should look into replacements.Also if you got your JDM forester saftied did they even care about the seat belts? In my opinion its the headlights that are the only issue they should have. The seat belts are exactly the same just different tags sewn on. But I want to have my ass covered so there isn't much downtime when it arrives. Thanks
I don't think you need to worry about belts. I never had any of mine have an issue.There was a thread somewhere about comparing the standards of CMVSS/FMVSS and I'm not sure if its JIL or some other japanese standard, but it was discovered that both are comparable, and the japanese standard is only slightly better than CMVSS/FMVSS.You will also need to set up DRL's so, consider using fog lights or purchasing an LED kit.Your tires might not be DOT stamped, so consider that as well.
Dano definitely has the JDM forester experience to back it up. I didn't do the belts on my forester when I brought it in. Also, if you leave the factory lights turned on, and turn the car off the lights turn off too. Unlike north american cars. Because of this the mechanic I got to do my safety didn't care that it didn't have specific DRL. Just leave the lights turned on. Would be an issue for others tho.you'll also need a neutral safety switch installed most likely.
you'll also need a neutral safety switch installed most likely.
When you swapped headlights are the bulbs/harness the same?
As long as the headlights that come on the JDM car aren't factory/aftermarket HIDs, they should be the same. Also, if it hasn't been said, you'll need USDM side marker housings (the ones with amber reflectors inside) to pass safety.
I just had a safety on a JDM vehicle where the mechanic called MPI to find out exactly what was required. JIS seatbelts will not pass(or atleast should not) it needs to have CMVSS. Not familiar with foresters, its possible they do have that on the JDM ones. None of the Toyota's I've had or seen did, but CMVSS is what they are looking for.
I understand that JIS is a as good or better standard, but its not what MPI accepts. MPI specifically told the mechanic who called that it must say F or C mvss.Most of the North American belts i've seen will show F/CMVSS on the label. That's whats on the belts I needed to install on my Hilux.My Rear belts even have all 3 listed (Meets JIS & F/CMVSS) which I pointed out should confirm JIS would be equivalent and the Fronts should Pass and MPI said if the front belts don't have F or CMVSS its a fail.
On top of that I've heard (I don't know if this is accurate) that if you're in an accident MPI can void you vehicle claim because you are not operating with "proper" safety equipment.
My Forester passed safety with flying colors. No issues. So I wouldn't have much worries about belts. As the safety inspection standards set by MPI don't require such labeling.
that's interesting. Do the forester belts have C or F MVSS on them or just JIS?As mentioned the shop I used contacted there MPI support who confirmed to them JIS is not accepted. It may have simply been overlooked by the mechanic. I know several people who failed safeties due to the belts. I've also heard of people being inspected by the VIU and having registration pulled over it.
Hey if MPI is willing to share this information that defines what is acceptable or not then that's great. If the mechanics are going by the standards published to them and the public in the booklet I linked then it's the same standard a VIU inspector follows as well. So handing a ticket out based on hear say and speculation without really knowing the standards is unfair.Here is the VIU roadside "checklist". Again no mention of this required tagging. http://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/PDFs/VehicleInspectionReport.pdfAlso this is from the Transport Canada regulations website, again does not mention required labeling. (Scroll about 55% down the page to seat belts)http://lois-laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/C.R.C.,_c._1038/FullText.html#s-3.And this page as well... https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/roadsafety/209_TSD_rev_2R-EN.pdfAs a multiple owner of RHD vehicles over the last 10 years I don't argue the fact about having the vehicle meet a certain standard (specifically headlights), but owners of RHD vehicles should not be ticketed and prosecuted for these make believe rules. If anyone can find something that contradicts what I can find online let me know cause I am definitely interested. We should be protecting ourselves and our investments in these vehicles.
Marking. Each seat belt assembly shall be permanently and legibly marked or labeled with year of manufacture, model, and name or trademark of manufacturer, distributor, or importer. A model shall consist of a single combination of webbing having a specific type of fiber weave and construction, and hardware having a specific design. Webbings of various colors may be included under the same model, but webbing of each color shall comply with the requirements for webbing in S4.2.
Requirement for seat belts on sale of motor vehicle186(10) No manufacturer of motor vehicles and no dealer, and no agent or employee of a manufacturer of motor vehicles or a dealer, and no other person, shall sell a motor vehicle that is, or is advertised to be, a motor vehicle of the model or make of the year 1971 or any subsequent year, unless the motor vehicle is equipped at the time of sale with a seat belt assembly or automatic occupant protection system, as defined in and required by the regulations made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada), installed by the manufacturer.
The regulation that deals with the Vehicle Inspection Handbook has an accompanying schedule that isn't available online and I've never personally seen, which may outline the need for meeting the CMVSS requirements for seat belts.