2-point seat belt? 3-point seat belt? 5-point seat belt?
What are those??! Why is it important for me to know?
Some might still not know what are the differences between these types of vehicle safety belts.
A 2-point seat belt attaches at its two end-points (as per picture). It is also commonly known as a lap belt, fitted mainly at the lower waist. This type of belt is most common in the middle rear passenger seat of older cars.
A 3-point seat belt is a Y-shaped arrangement, containing a lap belt and a sash belt together in one piece and is connected at three end-points. In a collision, the 3-point seat belt spreads out the energy of the moving body over the chest, pelvis, and shoulders. Volvo introduced the first production of three-point belt in 1959.
In Malaysia, starting from 2012, all newly approved model of passenger vehicles should be fitted with 3-point seat belts in all its seats including the middle rear passenger seat.
It is important to understand the type of vehicle belt in your car as all UNECE approved child restraints will need to use a 3-point seat belt (for seat belt installation). Always refer back to the vehicle owner’s manual and CRS manual for installation guides.