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Study shows the back seat of a car may be less safe during an accident

Posted at 10:46 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 11:53:48-04

LANSING, Mich. — 
New research suggests sitting in the back seat of a car may be less safe during a head-on crash.

The study found back seat passengers don't have the benefit of higher-level restraint systems, including air bags.

Crash tests show when a crash begins to happen, front seat belts will tighten at the same time air bags deploy, which adds protection.

Front seat belts are also set up to help reduce the risk of chest injuries with the use of force limiters, something rear seat belts don't generally have.

Researchers say adding those safety measures to the back can make it safer for passengers.

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