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China Car Culture: fooling the seat-belt reminder systems

Published on March 14, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Chinese drivers hate to wear their safety belts. Instead, they wear specially designed clothing to pretend they are buckled up. But that won’t stop the seat-belt reminder lights and beeps, which are all extremely annoying.

It is possible to click the belt in the buckle behind your back but that is uncomfortable. It is also possible to fiddle with the electronics but that is difficult. Creative and innovative Chinese companies finally found an easy solution.

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Belt heads without belts! Fit in every buckle. No beeping. No flashing. Good to go. Mentioned Chinese innovators sell zillions of different kinds, all priced between 3 and 15 yuan, or between 48 cent and 2.4 USD. One Chinese seller neatly explains the problem:

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

‘Ding ding!’ Aaaah! I checked a few online stores. My favorites:

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Cartoons. Fun daddy, and for the children.

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Laughing about seat belts.

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Bling! Modeled after products from the crazy Japanese tuning company DAD.

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

No beeps and it opens your beer bottle cola bottle.

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Such a small thing, and still so useful.

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Every brand available, no matter what you drive. Only 5.5 yuan, so you can take a different car every day. Today, I drive a Buick:

Fooling the seat-belt reminder in China

Click! Buckled up I am.

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  3. hoedus- March 21, 2013 Reply

    Ironic they minic guns, because they actually kill.

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  5. Reader- June 25, 2014 Reply

    Well, at least the gun-shaped one seems fitting. Russian roulette, anyone?

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