The Most Unpopular Seat in the Car is Also the SafestNovember 9, 2018
If you have ever been on a road trip with family or friends, you probably made every effort to avoid sitting in the middle seat. Maybe you drew the short straw, or your sibling called shotgun before you. Either way, getting stuck in the middle seat means you are stuck with the floor hump and nothing to lean on if you get tired and want to take a nap. However, it turns out that the dreaded middle seat just happens to be the best seat when it comes to safety.
According to researchers from the University of Buffalo, sitting in the back seat is up to 86 percent safer than the front seat, and the middle seat is 25 percent safer than the two rear window seats. When studying the crash-related fatalities in relation to seat location, the researchers found that sitting in the middle seat provides the most protection from impact during a collision. In addition, if the accident causes the vehicle to rollover, there is not as much rotational force exerted in the middle seat passenger. The occupants sitting in the back seat by the window are more likely to be injured because they will suffer more of a direct hit by another vehicle. The person sitting in the middle is protected from the impact.
Protecting Your Most Precious Cargo
While children are not the only ones who sit in the back seat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) confirm that it is the safest place for children. In fact, the NHTSA recommends that children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat, preferably in the middle seat. The only exception to this rule is if the occupant is only wearing the lap belt. The full seat belt should always be used. If it is an older vehicle that is not equipped with a three-point seat belt, it is recommended that a child sit in a rear window seat so that he or she can be properly buckled.
According to the AAP, the middle seat is also the safest place for children who are small enough to be sitting in a car seat. However, the seat must be facing the rear of the car until the child is at least two years old. They found that children whose car seats are installed in the middle seat have a 43 percent lower risk of injury, compared to children whose car seats are in the rear window seats. Knowing the safest spot to install a car seat can help protect your most precious cargo from being injured.
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