“Think about everything that’s changed with our cars over the last five-plus decades, from safety to design to technology to even just cosmetics, and imagine that the standards that determine how a seat performs in a crash have not been updated,” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety.
By Dennis Thompson
June 8, 2021
TUESDAY, June 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Jay-Fay Fraser was in the back seat of her father’s sedan, heading home from feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving 2016, when another car rear-ended them on the highway.
The driver’s seat collapsed backward from the sudden force of the rear impact, slamming into Jay-Fay’s head, her mother, Michelle Fraser, recounted.
“She lurched forward, the seat collapsed backward, and it basically cracked her skull all the way around,” said Michelle Fraser, who lives in Dallas. “She had a 360-degree fracture.”
Jay-Fay, who was 12 at the time, had been a state champion gymnast and nationally performing dancer. These days she is wheelchair-bound, unable to speak, and fed through a tube in her stomach.
And her parents are on a mission to make sure this doesn’t happen to other families.