HC Deb 08 December 1975 vol 902 cc18-9W
Sir T. Kitson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the number of rear seat passengers killed or injured over the last five years; and what consideration he has given to the compulsory fitting of seat belts in new cars.

Dr. Gilbert

The numbers of passengers killed and seriously injured in the rear seats of cars and vans under 30 cwt. during the past five years are as follows:

Killed Seriously Injured
1970 520 8,692
1971 510 8,364
1972 533 7,181
1973 467 6,899
1974 421 6,230

If seat belts had been fitted and worn, about half these casualties could have been avoided. An EEC directive now in draft would require manufacturers to fit rear seat belts in new cars.

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