Conceptual Framework for the Design of a Child Motorcycle Safety Seat


  • Sivasankar Sambasivam Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Karmegam Karuppiah Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Hassan Sadeghi Naeini Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST)
  • Kulanthayan Subramaniam Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Emilia Zainal Abidin Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Haszeme Abu Kasim Universiti Teknologi Mara
  • Meng Ya Su University of Limerick


Children, safety, motorcycles, Malaysia, design, framework


Motorcycles are a common mode of transport in Malaysia where families with children can be common seen riding together. However a child riding pillion on underbone motorcycles are not safely protected from falling down from the motorcycle apart from holding onto the adult in front. The current feature in an underbone motorcycle seat does not provide or lack the necessary protection for the child pillion riders. The current seat requires a systematic framework in order to design and develop a safety motorcycle backrest seat for Malaysian child pillion riders of underbone type motorcycles. Therefore the main objective of this paper is to propose a conceptual framework to showcase the conceptual design and development of a child friendly motorcycle seat. In order to design and develop our safety motorcycle backrest seat for child pillion riders, a leading International Automotive Consultancy’s (IAC) New Product Introduction (NPI) process and subsequent IAC Design & Development Process was adopted and adapted to be able to properly design, develop, test and produce a robust prototype seat. The main IAC NPI will be abbreviated from the kick off until the prototype release milestone.  The IAC NPI is then divided to 4 main phases starting from the initiating five concepts and choosing the best concept; designing and developing the chosen concept; building the first prototype test the design; validating the design and releasing the final prototype.

Author Biographies

Sivasankar Sambasivam, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Karmegam Karuppiah, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and health Sciences

Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Department of Environmental And Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Hassan Sadeghi Naeini, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST)

Industrial Design Department

Kulanthayan Subramaniam, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Emilia Zainal Abidin, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Haszeme Abu Kasim, Universiti Teknologi Mara

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Pasir Gudang Campus

Meng Ya Su, University of Limerick

Centre for Project Management


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How to Cite

Sambasivam, S., Karuppiah, K., Mohd Tamrin, S. B., Sadeghi Naeini, H., Subramaniam, K., Zainal Abidin, E., Abu Kasim, H., & Su, M. Y. (2016). Conceptual Framework for the Design of a Child Motorcycle Safety Seat. Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 4(3). Retrieved from




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