HC Deb 28 July 1976 vol 916 c267W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what tests he recommends for testing the effectiveness of inertia reel seat belts.

Dr. Gilbert

Inertia reel seat belts fitted to vehicles in use in this country are required to meet the specifications and tests laid down in British Standard Specifications No. AU 160a (as amended) and No. 3254 (as amended). The check which is being introduced into the MOT test is designed simply to ensure that the mounting and general condition of belts is satisfactory. Operational checks are not practicable.