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Seat belt use in a developing country: covert noncompliance with a primary enforcement law in Malaysia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9316717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Malaysia has strict laws requiring seat belt use by all vehicle occupants. However, neither passive devices nor inertial reel belts are mandated. Seat belt usage was investigated among 60 taxicab drivers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1993. Although all drivers appeared to be restrained during an initial curb-side inspection, 60% did not fasten the latch. There was no statistical difference between ethnic groups. Curb-side estimates of restraint use may overestimate actual usage, resulting in falsely low estimates of effectiveness. Requiring inertial reel belts, which would retract if not latched, could greatly increase actual restraint use. This may be cost effective for developing nations.
M Hauswald
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0001-4575     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-11-20     Completed Date:  1997-11-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  695-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albuquerque 87131-5246, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / legislation & jurisprudence,  prevention & control
Accidents, Traffic / legislation & jurisprudence*,  prevention & control
Cooperative Behavior*
Developing Countries*
Malaysia / epidemiology
Seat Belts / legislation & jurisprudence*,  utilization
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*
Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*

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