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Seat Belts

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Oldham, West on 28 January regarding seat belt tests, if the two recent Transport and Road Research Laboratory studies investigated the quality and effectiveness of all brands of seat belts; and, if so, whether more tests will be made of the brand involved in the recently reported accident a month ago when a man wearing a seat belt was thrown through the car window in a crash and killed.

:The Transport and Road Research Laboratory report No. 811 concerned the effectiveness of seat belts in general and the accident sample on which it is based covered a wide cross-section of belts in use. TRRL report No. 882 was concerned solely with aspects of the performance of particular models.We are still evaluating the implications of what happened in the accident referred to.