KUALA LUMPUR – November 7, 2019: One of the easiest way to determine whether a child restraint system (CRS) meets the international standard is to cross-check the information from its label and QR (quick response) code.
Malaysian Institute Of Road Safety Research (Miros) gave the guide in response to complaints that it is not practical to expect the public to know all the United Nation’s certifications governing the matter and that there were cases of brand manufacturers that failed to pass the standard but still attach the required labels illegally.
“All certified CRS will come with a valid QR label sticker from Miros and an orange e-mark sticker with information on what standard the CRS is adhering to,” said Miros research officer Noor Faradila Paiman.
“With this, all the consumer needs to do is to scan the QR label with a smartphone, and cross check the information on standard adhered online with the one displayed on the orange e-mark sticker. If it is the same, then it is certified,” she added.
Faradila said just by scanning the QR label, a consumer may also finds out the exact specification and category a CRS falls under to determine its suitability for a child’s height and weight.
She also said that Miros will come up with a full list of recommended CRS soon.
As for uncertified CRS, Faradila said they were not tested, which means that no one knows how well it can protect children.
“That is why Miros encourages parents to only use certified CRS only,” she said.
The law that compels the use of CRS on those who ferry infants in their car will come into effect next year. However, the penalties and specifics of the law have yet to be outlined.
Giving her insight, Faradila said that it is most likely that those that already have a child seat, even if it is uncertified may escape the penalty.
“Mandatory CRS use for children is part of the government’s effort to save children, its purpose is not just to punish but to encourage people to use CRS,” she said.
According to a study, CRS could reduce the risk of death by up to 70 per cent for infants and 50 percent for children, aged between one and five