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Now traveling by car will be more safe, this new type of seatbelt will be available in the back seat

According to the information, the proposed order will be applicable only on passenger cars. The objective behind this move is to increase the overall safety rating of passenger cars manufactured in India. It has been found that in the event of an accident, over-the-lap seat belts are less effective, thus increasing the risk to the person in the rear seat at the time of the accident.

Now traveling by car will be more safe, this new type of seatbelt will be available in the back seat

The central government may soon issue a draft notification to receive suggestions and comments from the public. Based on the feedback, the transport ministry will issue an official order a month after the draft notification is issued.

Now traveling by car will be more safe, this new type of seatbelt will be available in the back seat

The Y-shaped seat belt was first introduced by the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo. These seat belts are considered safer than over-the-lap seat belts because they spread the body’s energy more evenly over the chest, shoulders and abdomen at the time of a collision, leading to fewer injuries.

Now traveling by car will be more safe, this new type of seatbelt will be available in the back seat

Recently, the government had also proposed to make six airbags mandatory for all passenger vehicles. A draft notification in this regard was issued on January 14 to seek comments from the public. The order is likely to come into effect from October 1 this year.

Now traveling by car will be more safe, this new type of seatbelt will be available in the back seat

Not wearing a seat belt is a punishable offense in India. However, most rear-facing car passengers do not use seat belts. Experts believe that government intervention to make car ride safe will only work if the passengers sitting behind are also penalized for not wearing seat belts.

Now traveling by car will be more safe, this new type of seatbelt will be available in the back seat

According to a survey report, about 90% of the passengers in the back seat of cars in India do not wear a belt. According to ‘SaveLife’, a non-profit organization promoting road safety, an investigation conducted by the organization on various highways revealed that in more than 30% of fatal accidents, the rear seat passengers did not use the belt.

Officials of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) agreed, calling it a good move to ensure road safety, but also questioned the enforcement of motor vehicle rules. SIAM said that while automobile manufacturers will follow the government’s directives, it is more important to sensitize passengers to wear seatbelts inside the car.

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