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The relatively steep prices of child car seats (child restraint systems) on sale today are seen as the main obstacle to its proposed mandatory implementation, Bernama finds. Director-general of the Road Safety Department (JKJR), Abdul Ghafar Yusof, commented that the body had received a number of complaints from car owners over the enforcement of specialised child seats.

“The government recently made the use of special seats for babies and children compulsory from 2019 for safety reasons which would reduce the rate of injury or death from road accidents,” said Yusof. In response, Malaysians have written in to express their woes over the cost of purchasing child seats. Yusof, however, clarified that the enforcement should be seen as “an added safety measure for babies and children.”

With that said, he was quick to note that although cheaper alternatives existed, said seats did not comply with ECE R44 Child Safety Standards. “To date, there is no proposal to provide a subsidy for special seats and the government could perhaps consider a tax exemption because most of them are imported,” he added.

BMW Child Seats pictured.

According to a similar report by theSun, Yusof received feedback on how child car seats that cost between RM500 to RM4,000 would be a financial burden to some families – however, it should be known that we managed to locate ECE R44-certified child car seats on sale in Malaysia from as low as RM400.

In light of the complaints issued, Yusof has criticised the behaviour and mentality of some Malaysians as he stated that some car owners were willing to splurge money on modifying one’s vehicle but not on the safety of their own children. “This is the sikap (attitude) of some Malaysians,” he said.

Dear readers, we cannot stress enough on the importance of employing certified child car seats as opposed to the cheaper, non-certified option. If you think that settling for any child restraint system will yield the same results in an accident, it’s time you check out this video demonstration…