Safety Equipment

Information regarding driver & vehicle safety systems and equipment.

Do I Want My Vehicle To Think For Me?

Don't Make Me ThinkI remember what I was a teenager (yes, that was a few years ago) working in my father's service station. The latest safety gadget in new vehicles was a buzzer that warned the driver when seatbelts were not fastened. That's a good idea, right? Apparently not as customers were coming in to see if they could have the buzzer removed or disabled. If everyone got in, fastened their seatbelts and then the driver started the car, no one ever heard the buzzer. I suppose the trouble was that this was not the habit and it was easier to silence the buzzer than it was to change behaviour.

VIDEO - Importance of Proper Child Restraint Installation

video iconThe YouTube description of this video says that "Simulated crash tests show the importance of proper child restraint installation. Most parents don't realize they need to use the top tethers for forward-facing child restraints. Attaching the top tether keeps the restraint from pitching too far forward in a crash putting children at risk of head or neck injuries. Tethers are key to getting the most protection from a child restraint."

Q&A - Handicap Equipment Security in Taxi

Q&A Image I often travel in a cab with my mother, who is in a wheelchair, and the safety straps let go twice. What should I do about this?

RESEARCH - CBC Marketplace: Paws for Concern

Crash TestWe buy products that we expect will perform according to the manufacturer's claims for them. In this case the product is a restraint for our canine friends when they ride in our vehicle with us. The claim is that the restraints will protect the animal. CBC Marketplace testing finds the contrary, our expectations may be putting both our pets and ourselves at risk.

READING - Vision Zero International, January 2015

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The January 2015 edition includes:

VIDEO - TED Talk Featuring Steven Levitt on Child Restraints

video iconSteven Levitt shares data that shows car seats are no more effective than seatbelts in protecting kids aged 2 to 6 years old from dying in cars. However, during the Q&A, he makes one crucial caveat regarding a medical study that shows car seats significantly reduce injury.

Post Crash Seatbelt Use Investigation

SeatbeltPart of the investigation of any serious motor vehicle collision is an examination of the seatbelts to determine if the person in that seating position was restrained or not. The outcome could determine whether a ticket for failing to wear the restraint was issued or not but I suspect that more commonly the information was used to determine liability. If you were not wearing your seatbelt your award for injury could be reduced by the courts.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Seatbelt Self Repair

cameraThis photo taken by RCMP Collision Reconstructionist Cpl. Ken Dagg shows a seatbelt that was repaired by someone who sewed the pieces together. The strength of the repair was not sufficient to properly restrain the occupant during this collision. The repair failed, totally exposing the passenger to the forces of the collision rather than protecting them from it.

NEWS - Seatbelt Medical Exemptions to be Repealed

SeatbeltEffective on February 26th, 2014 you will no longer be able to submit an application to be exempt from wearing a seatbelt for medical reasons. The Canadian Medical Association’s Driver’s Guide states in Section 24 that “there are no medical circumstances that justify exemption from wearing a seat belt.” After this date doctors will no longer be able to issue exemptions.

Q&A - Seatbelt Laws for Mini Buses

Q&A ImageI am finding discrepancies when I ask drivers of mini-buses whether they make their passengers wear their seat belts. I used to have my Class 4 license and we were always required to make sure the passengers had them on. Some drivers and companies seem to think this is optional depending on the passenger. 

They have no medical exemption and I know this is being repealed shortly.

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