Three-Point Seatbelt to Soon be Mandatory For All Seats in Cars in India: Report

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The three-point seatbelt has been scientifically proven to be a safer solution than the two-point seatbelt because it distributes the body’s energy evenly circulating over the chest, shoulders and pelvis.

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A MoRTH official said on Monday that the Indian government would soon make it mandatory for automakers to provide three-point seatbelts for all seats in the car, including the passenger in the middle seat at the back, a MoRTH official said on Monday.

Three-point seatbelts are currently mandatory for the front seat and two rear seats in cars sold in India. The rear middle seat, however, comes with a two-point lap seatbelt provided in the airplane. The ministry is expected to issue a notification in about a month after which comments will be sought from the public.

a Report Citing sources close to the matter, it has been suggested that the government aims to improve the overall safety of passenger cars manufactured in India. The ministry found that except for some models in India, no vehicle has a three-point seatbelt for passenger seats. In the event of an accident, this passenger is at great risk.

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A three-point seatbelt has been scientifically proven to be a more effective and safer solution than a two-point seatbelt because it spreads the body’s energy evenly over the chest, shoulders and pelvis at the time of a crash, resulting in fewer injuries.

Volvo was the company that introduced the three-point seatbelt and the then patented seatbelt in its car in August 1959. However, the company decided to keep the patent open in the greater interest of public safety.

The same report also quoted another ministry source as saying that this would be the second intervention to make cars safer for the public after the government recently made six airbags mandatory for all cars.

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