• NHTSA to Consider Rear-Seat Safety
  • June 2, 2016
  • Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Washington Office
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will soon begin to test safety for passengers in rear seats as well as in front seats. The increased use of car-sharing services has led to more people riding in rear seats, many times without using seat belts. In addition, consumer advocates contend that although safety has improved for drivers and front-seat passengers, these safety enhancements may not have been made to rear seats in a car. Consumer advocates also claim that in some cases, front-seat design changes may injure rear-seat passengers. NHTSA will place crash-test dummies in rear seats as part of its 5-Star Safety Ratings Program beginning in 2019.