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Soon, airbags must in new vehicles


As of July 1, 2019, all cars that are manufactured in India must come equipped with advanced safety features such as airbags and alert systems for speeding beyond 80 kmph. In addition, they will have to have seat-belt reminders, reverse parking sensors and manual override over central locking system to open the doors in case of emergencies. At present, only premium and luxury cars have such features which are crucial for the safety of occupants.

The provision for airbags and reverse sensor will also be made mandatory for light commercial vehicles. This decision has been taken by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways after news reports highlighted the fact that speeding was the main reason for fatalities in road crashes in India.

Govt. hospital patient not a consumer: Forum

In a recent ruling, the Gujarat State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has said that a patient treated in a government hospital is not a consumer as there is no fee charged. As such, such patients are not eligible for damages even if they are victims of medical negligence. The case in question was of Rekha Kansakiya whose forearm had to be amputated due to an injection administered to her at a government hospital in Anand.

This judgement contradicts an earlier order passed by a consumer court in December 2016. In that case VS Hospital and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation were asked to pay compensation to a woman who became a paraplegic after a C-section.

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