SHAH ALAM: Car manufacturers must fit airbags in their new vehicles before the Jan 1 deadline next year, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
“For those having trouble complying with the deadline, come and talk to us. We are prepared to give some leeway,” he said at a press conference after the launch of the new Shah Alam Puspakom branch office in Section 28 yesterday.
Kong said that most locally-assembled saloon passenger cars and imported vehicles had complied with the UNECER94 (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation 94: Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the protection of the occupants in the event of a frontal collision).
He said the Cabinet had agreed on a ruling that all new vehicles that were going to be used from next year would be required to have two frontal airbags.
“I think it will go a long way towards reducing the number of people who are injured in road accidents. It will also reduce the number of deaths,” he said.
He stressed the importance of using the safety belt, saying the airbags would be useless otherwise.
Puspakom chief executive officer Hisham Ohtman said the new Shah Alam branch, which has 17 lanes and the capacity to inspect about 1,000 vehicles a day, would allow them to improve on services to customers.
It is the 14th branch in Klang Valley and 80th in the country with the branch in Pekan, Pahang, opening soon.