There are a lot of discussions and expert recommendations that children should sit in the back seat of a vehicle as it is the safest place to be in an accident. In fact, experts said the back seat is the safest place for anyone to ride. However, according to The New York Times, the back seat is no longer the expert’s choice for everyone as the most favorable place to sit to avoid injuries in a car accident.
Recent developments in car safety have largely focused on the front seat and other areas of a vehicle, leaving the back seat relatively unprotected or lacking in the advanced protection a person would have in other locations in the vehicle.
A major advancement
Seat belts are one of the major advancements manufacturers put into front seats. New vehicles have front seat belts that include sensors that are able to tighten and release the belt during a crash to prevent injuries. What this means is that instead of tightening and staying tight, a seat belt can loosen after tightening if the force of a person’s body is so tight against the belt that it would lead to serious injuries.
Seat belt injuries can result in internal injuries or broken ribs that lead to fatalities. Experts now recommend that older adults always ride in the front seat if such seat belts are not present in the back seat of a vehicle because they are most susceptible to injuries from seat belts.
Keep in mind
It is important to put things into perspective and realize that the back seat is not more dangerous. The front seat is just getting safer. Back seat passengers still have the lessened force in many accident scenarios, which will protect them from serious injuries. Furthermore, experts still contend the back seat is the safest place for children under the age of 13.