Its not that I don't agree with you Stretch. Its just that the one I would be carrying does not belong to me. My GF is anal retentive and does not realize that good driving practices far outweigh safety devices.In countries where this happens, do you think seat belts and head rests are a concern? I'm pretty sure the baby in a bucket is photoshopped. But the rest look legit. My Entomologist at work is from Kenya, he has said many times, they pile as many people in a vehicle as possible. If you can get a foothold and and grab something with a hand, your good to go. He said those little Key vans from Japan would hold 10 to 15 people.
As far as I am concerned, ABS was designed for people that don't know how to drive. Air bags were designed for people that don't know how to drive or are not paying attention to the road. A seat belt I can kind of understand as it keeps you planted in your seat and thereby helps control the car.
Sure we could argue safety and of course whatever we can fit into a car makes it more expensive, heavier and thereby less fuel efficient. What we are preparing for is "just in case" which seems to becoming a bigger and bigger topic. People are less inclined to take risks. I drove around for three weeks with my kids from Germany (17 yr. old twins) one of them rode in the back. A seat belt would have been nice, but some sort of back support would have been nicer (and more comfortable). My current situation does not really allow, since my GF does not like the idea of her 5yr. old riding in the back with or without restraints.
I don't want to turn this into a flaming war for my lack of caring for saftey. I am a Auto Tech by trade, (trained in 4yr. apprenticeship in Germany). I understand the importance, but sometimes I think our society is going a little over board " JUST IN CASE!"