Baby dies after being thrown out of car in collision

Statistics have shown that child seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for children between the ages of one and five.

KULAIJAYA: A nine-month-old baby girl died after she was thrown out of a vehicle following a collision involving a car, a trailer and a motorcycle.

The accident occurred at about 6am yesterday at KM22 of the North-South Expressway (southbound).

Initial investigations revealed that the driver of a Proton Exora, who was driving on the right lane, apparently lost control of his vehicle and swerved to the left lane, said Kulaijaya OCPD Supt Razak Md Said.

The Exora then rammed into the back of a trailer. The impact caused the MPV to hit the guardrail and overturn a few times before coming to a halt.

"The baby, who was seated on her mother's lap on the front passenger seat of the Exora, was thrown out of the vehicle," he added.

Supt Razak said the motorcyclist, who was behind the Exora, was unable to avoid the vehicles and crashed into the guardrail too.

He said the baby's mother was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Baru with a broken leg, while her husband received outpatient treatment at Hospital Kulaijaya.

The motorcyclist only suffered minor injuries while the trailer driver was unhurt, he added.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving and causing death.

The accident followed the death of a couple and their seven-month-old infant in an accident along the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian ConĀ­sumers Association has urged the Government to introduce a law making it compulsory for child seats to be installed in cars carrying infants and young children.

It said statistics have shown that child seats reduce the risk of death by 71 per cent for infants and 54 per cent for children between the ages of one and five.