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Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 5:03 PM
Conventional wisdom has always said that the safest place to sit in the car is in the back seat. After all, that line of thinking is part of the reason why parents position baby seats behind them.
But new research is playing musical chairs, to use a phrase, with the concept of seat safety. A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) now identifies that the front seat is much safer than the back in a front-end collision.
The study looked at 117 fatal crashes involving older children and adults using seatbelts, according to USA Today.
The main reason for the change is that safety standards have improved dramatically in recent years. That means that the front passenger seat, which used to be called the “death seat,” is no longer the risk it once was.
“It’s not that the rear seat has become less safe, it’s that the front seat has become more safe over time,” IIHS David President Harkey says in the report, according to NBC News.
Looking for a new car? Money expert Clark Howard says shopping with safety in mind has become easier. In fact, many 2019 model cars and SUVs have won safety awards.