By now, all parents undoubtedly realize just how dangerous transporting children can be. After all, even though cars today have a variety of safety features, motor vehicle accidents continue to be a primary cause of injury and death for kids.
Always putting your children into size-appropriate car or booster seats can make a big difference. Still, the backs of your car’s front seats can be extremely dangerous to any young passengers inside your vehicle.
According to reporting from CBS News, seatback failures during rear-end collisions can cause kids to suffer catastrophic crush injuries. Seatbacks fail when the internal components that hold them in place break, potentially sending adult drivers or passengers flying into the back seat and onto child passengers.
Most cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today are significantly safer than older vehicles. Regrettably, though, the safety standards that govern the integrity of front seatbacks have not changed in decades. This means your car’s seatbacks might be more fragile than you think.
Because of outdated safety standards, car manufacturers have little incentive to reinforce seatbacks. Consequently, regardless of the vehicle you drive, your children might be in danger. To keep them safe, it is advisable to put their car seats behind empty front seats whenever possible. You also should drive defensively to limit your chances of having a rear-end collision.
Rear-end car crashes are the most common type of motor vehicle accident, though. Ultimately, if your child suffers an injury due to a seatback failure, you might have grounds to pursue significant financial compensation.