OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced important safety
regulations requiring new vehicles in Canada to include shoulder belts
in the rear centre seat.
"Ensuring the safety of Canadian families is very important to our
government. That's why our government is enhancing vehicle safety
standards to better protect the travelling public," said Minister
Lebel. "Making shoulder belts mandatory in the rear centre seat will
reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads."
The amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations include a significant update to Standard 208, Occupant Restraint Systems in Frontal Impact. In addition to introducing a mandatory requirement for lap and shoulder
seat belts in the rear centre seat, these amendments will make vehicles safer by:
Requiring vehicle safety testing using female and child-sized dummies,
in addition to the male testing dummies that were previously required;
Improving air bag deployment testing; and
Increasing the vehicle test speed to better protect occupants involved
in serious frontal crashes.
"While Health Canada's regulations make child car seats in Canada among
the safest in world, the improved safety standards announced today
represent good news for all Canadian consumers and their families,"
said Minister Aglukkaq.
"Canadians expect their cars to be built to the highest safety
standards, so the revisions to this regulation will ensure not only
enhanced safety protection for occupants in frontal crashes, it will
also more closely align both Canadian and U.S. vehicle standards making
advanced safety technologies more readily available and affordable,"
said Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicles Manufacturers'
Association. "It is an approach which is fully consistent with the
action plans under the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council".
"The government is to be commended for its commitment to ensuring that
Canada's regulatory framework keeps pace with industry safety practices
and technologies for the benefit of Canadians, and for their commitment
to aligning Canadian safety regulations with major global standards,"
said David Adams, President of the Association of International
Automobile Manufacturers of Canada.
Manufacturers have until September 1, 2015 to comply with the new
requirements of Standard 208. Older vehicles will not be required to
These new requirements will improve vehicle safety and bring Canadian
Safety Standards more closely aligned with those of the United States.
This harmonization will facilitate cross-border trade in new vehicles
and encourage long-term economic growth. These regulatory changes are
among the commitments of the Canada-United States Regulatory
Cooperation Council announced by Prime Minister Harper and President
Obama in February 2011.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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