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Longest-Running Car Crash Test is Revealing Serious Safety Concerns for People Sitting in the Back Seat

December 29, 2022

Serious Safety Concerns for People Sitting in the Car Back Seat

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test has measured vehicle safety ratings since 1995 when a vehicle crashed into a barrier at 40 miles per hour.

Now, a crash test dummy about the size of a 12-year-old has been added to the back seat, and it is revealing serious safety concerns for people sitting in the rear of vehicles.

“The front seat has gotten a lot safer in recent years,” said David Harkey, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Front seat occupants are now benefiting from technology such as airbags and advanced seatbelt systems.”

Unfortunately, he continued, “The same level of technology often does not exist in the rear seat.”

What Does the IIHS Rear Passenger Study Reveal?

The IIHS studied real-world crashes and found that in cars built after 2007, people in the back seat were 46% more likely to be killed than people in the front.

That is why they changed how they crash test, looking specifically at the seatbelt system and how close rear passengers get to hitting the front seat.

Out of 15 small SUVs, only the Ford Escape and Volvo XC40 receive “good” overall ratings in the updated test. Comparatively, using the old test, all 15 small SUV’s got “good” overall ratings.

“As these results show, rear seat safety is lagging,” Harkey said.

Less than half of new vehicles have advanced restraint systems in the back seats. IIHS officials hope these test results are a wake-up call to automakers to make improvements.

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