Parents are often instructed that the safest place for young children is
in a vehicle’s backseat. While this is true, many parents may not
know that a child’s location behind either the driver’s or
passenger’s seat can expose them to another, potential deadly hazard.
According to the Center for Auto Safety (CAS), a car’s front seats
can break during a relatively minor accident, causing passengers to fall
backwards with great force onto the children sitting behind them.
According to a recent CAS petition, children can be put in danger:
- During rear end collisions
- In crashes over 30 mph
- When sitting behind an occupied seat
Current Federal Regulations
While safety standards have come a long way in the past few decades, the
regulations and tests which oversee certain aspects of front seat safety
have not been updated since 1967. The CAS has recently petitioned the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), urging them to
take action and warn parents and consumers about this danger. The lack
of a sufficient national safety standard for a vehicle’s front seats
can mean that most major production models can be affected by this issue.
According to the CAS, the NHTSA has known about this problem for decades
but has yet to take any meaningful action. Until new safety regulations
are in place, children will continue to be placed in serious danger. Currently,
the safest place for children is in the backseat behind an unoccupied
front passenger seat.
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a
car accident due to the negligence of another driver or the failure of a defective
Kingston personal injury attorneys want to hear your story. At Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C.,
we possess more than 150 years of combined experience helping the injured
to seek justice and have recovered millions of dollars for past clients.
We believe that victims should not be made to shoulder the responsibility
for an accident. If you have a question about how to protect your personal
injury claim or lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact us and discover how
we can help.
Our legal team is available 24 hours a day. Call (845) 340-4878 and
schedule an initial case evaluation to learn about your legal options.