Gadkari Asks Amazon Not To Sell Seat belt Alarm Blockers As Part Of A Campaign For Road Safety.
According to transport minister Nitin Gadkari, the Indian government has urged Amazon, citing potential safety risks, to stop offering devices that turn off automobile seat belt alarms.
The sale of the metal clips is legal, but since Indian tycoon Cyrus Mistry was killed in a car accident over the weekend, attention has been focused more intently on these devices and broader road safety issues.
The fourth-largest auto market in the world saw a resurgence of the conversation over traffic safety after local media revealed that Mistry wasn’t using a seat belt.
The metal clips, which are available on Amazon, are inserted in seat belt slots to avoid the alert that generally keeps beeping when seat belts are not in use while a car is being driven, according to Gadkari, who detailed planned safety improvements in an interview.
Amazon sells clips that people use to avoid wearing seat belts. We have informed Amazon to cease selling these, Gadkari exclaimed.
A request for comment from Amazon was not immediately answered.
Quoting World Bank’s report Gadkari said over 150,000 people died in vehicle accidents in India in 2021. In fact, India recorded a traffic fatality every four minutes, as per the World Bank’s report from the previous year.
According to Gadkari, India intends to mandate seatbelt alerts for all seats, including the rear seats.
On Wednesday, there were multiple ads for tiny metal clips that were advertised as being able to “remove” seatbelt alerts on various automobile models and variants on Amazon India’s website. The cost of the gadgets started at just 249 rupees ($3.12).
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