Strides in safety improvements for front seat passengers of motor vehicles in recent years has now shed light on an area that’s been neglected: The back seat.
Fewer research and regulation has focused on protecting back seat passengers, in many cases children and increasingly, passengers using ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber.
Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) has announced it is planning a series of changes to its crash-test program, which determines the 5-star Safety Ratings. These ratings are hugely valuable to vehicle manufacturers, dealerships and customers. For the very first time, the agency is proposing putting a crash test dummy in the back seat during front-impact crash tests. The final rule revisions are expected to be finalized by the end of 2016, and thus would be used for the updated rating system on 2019 model year vehicles. Continue reading