Controversy Over Seat Belt SafetyThe Korea Consumer Protection Board (KCPB) announced on September 8 that the safety of some autos should be improved. KCPB tested the seat belt safety of 11 Korean made autos through simulated impact studies.
During the impact tests, dummies with seat belts in Kia's small size Abella model moved 409 mm and 413 mm, much longer than the permitted limit (100 to 400 mm). Other car models showed no problems during the test.
According to KCPB's survey, driver's rate of seat belt use is only 42.1%. KCPB surveyed 14,458 cars in seven metropolitan cities including Seoul. The rates were 82.7% (1991), 72.0% (1993), and 57.5% (1995). In Pusan the rates were 62.2%, followed by Seoul (44.4%), Inchon (43.4%), Taegu (43.2%), Ulsan (35.9%), Kwangju (16.8%), and Taejun (15.1%)
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