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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rear Seatbelts Would Have Saved 2,200 From Injury

Suret JKJR

KUALA LUMPUR: Of the 6,282 road accidents last year, more than 2,200 rear-seat passengers would not have died or sustained injuries if they had worn seat belts. Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said 360 fatalities last year were the result of rear-seat passengers not buckling up, while 700 more people suffered serious injury because of the same reason.

“We take it seriously if people have not buckled up in all seats in the vehicles,” he said before launching a road safety campaign together with Toyota Motors at the Sungei Besi toll plaza here yesterday.

The rear-seat-belt ruling will be enforced from Jan 1. From Dec 16, the police and the Road Transport Department will carry out an exercise to educate and remind drivers and passengers of the ruling. Mock summonses would also be issued during this exercise. Suret and UMW executive director (strategic marketing group) Aminar Rashid Salleh later presented motorists at the toll plaza with Toyota’s road safety seat headrest bands, which carry a message for rear-seat passengers to buckle up.

1. Got this from TheStar Online today. Interesting title where rear seatbelts could saved 2200 from injury. I wonder where the number is coming from. As far as I know, the police data collection form didnt have anything column/place to fill on related to wearing seatbelt. Maybe the number coming from hospital database but I still have doubt on it.

2. Lots need to be done as currently Malaysia used its own Malaysian Standards (MS) to code for different type of seatbelt which is quite different compared to most country code. So its kinda difficult for researchers to identify whether our Malaysian seatbelts are really up to international standard or not.

3. One thing I notice during my crashed car inspection is Toyota Fortuner's driver seatbelt code is Ar4m (very basic) only. Most of Europe cars/passenger vehicles have at least code of Aer4mp (has more safety features) for driver's seatbelt. They have Ar4m for only rear passenger, but still very rare to be found as normally for rear passenger their standard is Aer4m. So what this supposed to mean? Think about it. Our driver seatbelt is the same with rear passengers at Europe. So meaning our rear passenger seatbelt is the same with what in the Europe????. Think.

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jonckie said...

In South Africa we experience a lack of enforcement with regards to the wearing of seatbelts - and especially child restraints!I have been behind the road safety website at and the Road Safety & Arrive Alive Blog. We will continue to create awareness of this important message in your Blog post!