Parents have long been instructed to put infants and small children in the back seat of a car to reduce the risk of injury from an airbag in the event of a collision. However, the back seat still has a danger that many parents are unaware about: collapsing seatbacks.
A petition recently created by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt a policy of encouraging parents to protect children riding in the back seats of vehicles from the risk of injury or death from collapsing front seatbacks during a rear-end crash. According to CAS, placing a child behind an occupied front seat is far more dangerous than positioning them behind a free seat. If there are no unoccupied front seats, CAS recommends placing a child behind the lightest occupant.
Beware of Seatback Failure
In the event of a car accident, particularly those involving a rear-impact, adults may be pulled backwards with tremendous force, causing their seats to collapse and crush children sitting behind. According to studies, seatbacks can collapse and lead to serious child injuries in collisions occurring at or in excess of 30 miles per hour. Although more than 900 children have been killed in collisions of this nature since the 1990s, there is currently no federal motor vehicle safety standard requiring cars to be equipped with adequately protective front seats.
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