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Child Restraint System (CRS) to be made mandatory in India from October 1

Snapshot: All passenger vehicles sold in India will come equipped with a provision to install CRS.

In a very positive move to promote child safety, while commuting in a car, a safety apparatus called the Child Restraint System (CRS) will soon be made mandatory in all passenger cars sold in India. Starting from October 1, 2014, all automakers in the country will be asked to equip their respective passenger cars with a provision for installation of CRS for all weight groups on at least one of the seating positions. 

CRS is essentially, a hard-backed child safety seat, which is a standard feature in passenger vehicles in developed nations, ensuring safety of toddlers while traveling. The automaker or importer of all motor vehicles in India shall provide the guidelines for the recommended position as well as the guidelines for fitment and use of such system to buyers of vehicles. 

According to experts, “Kids are more prone to rise, especially when they are in the front. There are standard procedures to be followed with regard to kids. Airbags when inflated, can prove to be disastrous for kids, if not seated in the right position as they are designed and meant for adults. Also, kids cannot use seat belts due to their small size, so it’s advisable to make them travel on the rear seat.” 

CRS is not just a standard feature in cars and buses in most developed nations but is offered across aircrafts and other modes of travel too. Kids can be strapped to special seats with a system of buckles or straps that bind them to their seats in case of a collision or mishap. Hopefully, the new CRS feature in Indian passenger cars would turn out to be the first logical step towards promoting child safety in India. 

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