Importance of Rear Seat Belts
The difference between life & death is a seat belt, even for rear-seat passengers
The tragic death of Jaspal Bhatti in a car accident, reportedly of internal injuries sustained while sitting in the back seat of a Honda Accord involved in a head-on crash, once again brings out the serious issue of safety on our roads. As per information received, the passengers in the front seat survived, thanks mainly to the fact that the air-bags deployed on impact. Unfortunately, Jaspal, who was in the rear-seat, died.
It is not known if the rear seat had airbags, but it is a known fact that people in India seated in the rear tend to avoid seat belts, especially if the rear-seat has been declared ‘fit’ for three passengers which makes the position of the seatbelt extremely uncomfortable for larger people. In addition, there is the issue of side-facing seats in some of the newer micro-mini seven-seater Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). How are these seatbelts going to be of any...
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