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South Korea's consumer agency to ban seat-belt alarm stoppers

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Staff Writer | February 26, 2017
South Korea's state consumer agency said it has advised local shops to stop sales of seat-belt alarm stoppers for automobiles.
Seat-belt alarm stoppers
Asia   The products are used to stop the warning alarm
It is adding it is also reviewing an option to prevent such products from being sold.

The products are used to stop the warning alarm on automobiles that normally is set off when drivers do not buckle up.

Industry watchers said although such clips are not illegal by the law, they can potentially harm drivers by inducing them not to use seat belts.

The Korea Consumer Agency said it has requested 13 online shopping malls to stop sales of such products and said it will review a nationwide sale ban.

While the number of deaths per 1,000 victims of automobile accidents is estimated at 3.95, the figure soars to 14.65 for those who don't use seat belts, industry data showed.

Currently, local automobiles are obligated to activate a warning alarm when drivers do not use seat belts.

While the policy is only applied to the driver's seat, South Korea currently plans to revise the law to expand the regulation to all passengers.