The State of Science and Practice for Rear Seat Safety: Successes, Challenges and Next Steps in the Frontier

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January 28, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. ET

There is evidence that the rear seat has lost some of its safety advantage relative to the front seat. While the front seat has seen improvements in engineering, behavioral, legislative and enforcement arenas, such improvements have been slower to diffuse to adult and vulnerable elderly rear-seated passengers. This session provides an update on the latest evolving science of adult rear-seat occupant protection and a forum for discussion of the gaps and next steps in improving rear-seat motor vehicle safety.

This session addresses areas of needed improvement including vehicle, airbag and seatbelt engineering design, rear seat passenger behavior, public perception of rear seat safety, and differences in laws and enforcement governing rear vs. front seat restraint use.

Dr. James Hedlund of Highway North, a former senior official with NHTSA, will present on behalf of GHSA during this session. Download GHSA's spotlight report, "Rear Seat Belt Use: Little Change in Four Years, Much More to Do," researched and authored by Dr. Hedlund, here.

This session is part of the Transportation Research Board 2021 Annual Meeting. To learn more and register, click here.

January 28, 2021