TRANSPORT Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy has finally voiced what many of us involved in injury prevention have being saying for the past 10 years, “Reminder to install airbags,” (The Star, April 5).
It is way overdue that local car makers, like Proton and Perodua, respect the safety needs of consumers by installing airbags and other safety features.
The lack of serious initiative on their part to do so for so many years, despite having many government incentives to boost their sales, suggests legislation is needed.
In a related issue it is important that the Government remove the import tax on all road safety devices as it limits their full use by the public.
This is a faster way than waiting for local manufacturers to get their act together.
This was suggested to the Transport Ministry more than 10 years ago.
As a paediatrician I am very distressed by the numerous severely injured children I see each year from road crashes.
Many of these children could have been saved by the use of safety seats.
These devices, unfortunately, have a 30% import tax and some locally produced safety seats are unsafe.
It is important for parents to note that no child can be safely transported in a car without a safety seat.