IIHS: Back-Seat Passengers Could be at Higher Risk for Injury in Car Crash
UNITED STATES – According to an online news story posted at starfl.com, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that passengers riding in the back seat of a vehicle could be at a higher risk for injury during a car crash. More testing is needed to form a solid conclusion on the subject, the IIHS said.*
The study indicates that additional safety technology might be necessary to protect back-seat passengers from injury or death during a vehicle accident. The IIHS analyzed frontal crashes and noticed that passengers who were properly belted in the back seat were seriously injured or killed in higher numbers than drivers and front-seat passengers.
In the driver’s seat and passenger’s seat of an American vehicle, the seat belts are equipped with tensioners and force limiters, and airbags are contained inside the dash and often in the door compartments. These pieces of technology help prevent people from being thrown out of the vehicle or injured by slamming against parts of the vehicle.
Back-seat passengers do not have this technology, however, and it might result in more injuries and fatalities to people riding in the back. The IIHS looked at 117 frontal crashes and found that the people riding in the back seats were injured more seriously than the people in the drivers’ and front passengers’ seats.
At this time, the IIHS says that additional frontal crash testing will need to be conducted to determine whether people in back seats are adequately protected. With further testing, auto manufacturers can look into the possibility of adding more safety features to back seats.
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