Airbags a must from July 1

  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Nov 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: From July 1 next year, the Transport Ministry has made it mandatory for all new car models produced by national carmakers Proton and Perodua to have airbags and rear seat belts. 

“This single measure will make Malaysian produced cars on par with that of other manufacturers in the region,” Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Emran Kadir said.  

With the rising number of deaths from motor accidents, experts have called for more car safety features but manufacturers claim that Malaysians were not willing to pay extra for them. 

JPJ statistics reveal that 6,282 people died from road accidents in 2003 compared to 5,891 the previous year. There have already been 4,157 deaths in the first eight months of this year.  

In Malaysia, there are 4.9 deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles, higher than in developed countries such as Japan (2.8), Singapore (2.8) and New Zealand (1.4) but lower than in developing countries such as Thailand (6) and Indonesia (9.1), according to Asian Development Bank statistics. 

“Some safety features such as the ABS and Anti-Skidding System can reduce the probability of an accident but it can’t compensate for recklessness or careless behaviour of the driver,” said Emran. 

When asked to comment on the government's decision, Perodua Manufacturing Sdn Bhd deputy general manager (product marketing department) Zaharin Husin said it was a good move. “It should not be just Proton and Perodua but all cars introduced into Malaysia, including imported cars and those produced by Naza and Inokom. 

“The Government needs to do its part to ease the cost for manufacturers,” he added, suggesting that incentives should include rebates for both carmakers and customers. 

Malaysian Automotive Association president Aishah Ahmad said that in the mid 1990s, some local auto industry players had fitted safety features into their cars. 

“We thought we would be the first, but we were priced out,” she recalled, adding that the safety features cost between RM2,000 and RM3,000 each. 

“The customers did not value the safety features. When the cost went up, our sales, volume and market share were affected.” – Bernama  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Nation

Food delivery man killed by falling tree branch following heavy rain in Cheras
Ramadan bazaars will be closed if Covid-19 infections occur, says Annuar Musa
As Covid-19 cases rise, local authorities in Sabah told to review ruling on markets and stalls
Sabah STAR sec-gen Guandee Kohoi to be sworn in as Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister on Friday (April 16)
Cops record statement from Zeti’s husband
Religious school in Kelantan, Kuching Pulapol under EMCO from April 16-29
State to ramp up vaccination plan to immunise all eligible Sarawakians by end-August, says Douglas Uggah
Employment portal will help Malaysia legalise undocumented Bangladeshis, says High Commissioner
No MCO in five Sarawak districts, CMCO to continue until April 26 as scheduled, says Deputy CM
Two boats held in Johor over illegal fishing

Stories You'll Enjoy