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[Source: Detroit News]
The NHTSA believes seven lives will be saved (and 4 serious injuries prevented) each year by adding the secondary latch, which they think should cost just $7 to fit to the sliders. And seeing as how children tend to make up the bulk of the rear seat passengers, this is really aimed at protecting them. Sentimental enough for you yet? While we would never question the judgment of the NHTSA or risk endangering motorists (especially children), and the price of the secondary latch seems a pittance, we'll point out here that even at $7 a pop, that's another $8.4 million minivan makers will have to cough up each year. And automakers have already complained that "major structural modifications to B-pillars and doors" will also be necessary to meet the requirements.
We'll now take this opportunity to note that the stats seemingly refer to UNBELTED passengers. Draw your own conclusions about parents leaving unbelted children in the back of their minivans, and where personal responsibility lies.