THE PHANTOM TAXI SEAT BELT

This is a report of a study of the accessibility of seat belts in taxi cabs serving large eastern and midwestern metropolitan areas. Observations were made of the rear seat belts of taxi cabs awaiting passengers at four metropolitan airports--Greater Pittsburgh, O'Hare (Chicago), LaGuardia (New York), and Indianapolis. The evaluations were made by an observer standing outside the car or from the inside while interviewing the drivers concerning their attitudes on seat belt utilization. A seat belt was classified as "usable" if both the male and female portions were in view. A total of 337 taxis were inspected at the four airports. Seat belts in the majority of cabs (85%) are apparitional--one half there: the other half inextricably buried in the dust beneath the seat. Many of the taxi cab drivers interviewed at the airport stated that not only do seat belts fall behind seats as a result of day-to-day use, but also some company mechanics purposely displace them during the taxi cabs' initial inspection after delivery. These companies place their passengers at an increased risk of injury or death as a result of their negligence in maintaining clean accessible seat belts. If taxi cab passengers are to have access to this basic safety measure, regulations requiring the companies to maintain clean available seat belts should be instituted. /SRIS/

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  • Accession Number: 00178511
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM