Study: Adults far less likely to buckle up in backseat

Thursday, August 03, 2017 10:35PM
Researches are issuing a warning about the important of buckling your seatbelt in the backseat to keep every passenger in the car safe in the event of a crash.


Researches are issuing a warning about the important of buckling your seatbelt in the backseat to keep every passenger in the car safe in the event of a crash.

In one video, the unbelted woman sitting on the left side of the backseat slams into a car window and another passenger during a crash. In a different crash, a beltless father and son are violently thrown from their seats.

The new survey from the Insurance Institute shows adults are far less likely to buckle up in the backseat than they are when sitting in front. That's because, in large part, crash survivors who were surveyed didn't think belts were necessary in the back seat.

"We've been telling people for years that it's safer," said one researcher. "People have gotten a misunderstanding about the safety of the rear seat.

Crash tests show unbelted backseat passengers can crush people in the front seats, especially drivers getting pushed into the steering wheel.

Many of those surveyed said they'd be more likely to wear seatbelts in the backseat if it was the law. That is the case in Illinois; the law states the driver and all passengers must wear their seatbelts.
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