DATUK AZIZ KAPRAWI

The government will make the use of child safety seats, or child restraint systems, compulsory by 2019, the New Straits Times understands. While an earlier report stated that the move was to be made mandatory in 2017, deputy transport minister, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi, had said that “it may take time to promote this among the road users as it involved more cost for them.”

Speaking at the launch of the Child Restraint System campaign, he added the following four-year timeline “includes the process of advocacy for the public to receive their feedback within two years, in addition to another two years for trial.”

Statistics from 2013 have shown that of the 53 children involved in traffic accidents, 13 have died. Beginning this year, all car brands in Malaysia were required to provide Isofix capabilities in new vehicles. Kaprawi added that Malaysia, as a member of the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP29), needed to adopt rules laid down by the United Nations.

“There are plenty of good child car seats in the market with United Nations standard ECE R44 specifications. You can look at the orange label sticker,” he added. Kaprawi was also quick to urge parents to purchase certified, costlier child restraint systems. “I hope local companies will be able to produce child seats that can be sold at lower prices, because most child seats in the market are imported,” said Kaprawi.