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You're playing with your life if you don't wear a seat belt, even if your car comes with state-of-the-art safety devices, such as automatic emergency brakes. We hope our new requirement will help furt

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A transport ministry official. From September 2020, new passenger car models will have to be equipped with a safety belt reminder system to cover all seats under new transport ministry rules. (Asahi Shimbun)

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Had a minor accident 15 yrs ago going about 2 kph. Bicyclist hit the car and flew over the hood. Called my insurance company about it later. Their first question "was everyone in your vehicle wearing their seat belts?" - that was before asking about injuries, damages, anything else.

Seems there is a clause in many insurance policies that requires seat belt use or they don't pay.

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New rules. Because some people have no common sense.

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Finally.

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