Pointing out the 25% decrease in injuries and deaths since the compulsory seat belt wear law became effective in January 1983, this short article continues with a discussion of the need for rear belt legislation. A study by Dr. Murray MacKay, of the University of Birmingham's Accident Research Unit and one of the country's leading authorities on car safety, revealed that the use of rear seat belts would have saved the lives of 73.7% of all rear passengers killed. Applied to national fatality statistics in Britain during 1981, a total of 226 lives could have been saved. The report also claims that the effectiveness of front belts is severely limited by the danger of restrained front passengers being hit by unrestrained rear passengers who are catapulted forward in a crash.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Southern Africa Commercial Travellers Association

    Box 828
    Cape Town,   South Africa 
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 8-9
  • Serial:
    • On the Road
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Southern Africa Commercial Travellers Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387736
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 405
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM