Rear Seat Safety

Latest News

Safety Advocates Assail Lack of Federal Action on Weak Vehicle Seats. FairWarning. September 2, 2020.

Bill could force automakers to confront safety hazard blamed for dozens of child deaths a year. CBS News. July 4, 2020.

Center for Auto Safety Release on Senate Bills Mandating Changes to Seatback Safety, Distracted Driving Mitigation and Recall Completion Efforts. July 1, 2020.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are perhaps the greatest defense for drivers and passengers in the event of a crash, but NHTSA and other regulatory agencies don’t always get it right. Read key seat belt news below:

People who don’t buckle up in the back seat are running real risks. The Washington Post. March 3, 2018.

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front. Fair Warning.  August 2, 2017.

US reviewing seat belts on school buses.  February 10, 2015.


Auto Safety: At the foundation of the House infrastructure bill. The Hill. June 30, 2020.

Our Actions

NHTSA Urged to Warn Parents of Seat Back Failure Dangers to Children in Rear Seats. March 9, 2016.

“No excuse”: Safety experts say this car defect puts kids in danger. CBS News. March 9, 2016.

CAS Petitions NHTSA to Warn Parents of Seat Back Failure Dangers to Children in Rear Seats – 3/9/16

CAS Letter to NHTSA Administrator Rosekind – 3/9/16

CAS Letter to DOT Secretary Foxx – 3/11/16

CAS Supplement to Petition, Early Warning Reporting – 8/4/16

Collapsing Seat Backs and Injury Causation: A Timeline of Knowledge

Friedman Study: Child Fatalities in Rear Impacts

ARCCA/Cantor Petition for Rulemaking on Seat Back Collapse – 9/28/15