Congress passed a highway bill this summer that calls for putting seat belt use reminders in new cars for rear seat passengers. Most new cars already have seat belt reminders for the front passengers and the reminders are required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the car's driver. Now, safety advocates want those reminders in place for backseat passengers in order to reduce fatalities and injuries in car accidents.
According to cars.com, backseat passengers are 44 percent less likely to be fatally injured in a car accident if they are wearing a lap and shoulder belt in a car and 73 percent less likely to be fatally injured if they are wearing a lap and shoulder belt in the backseat of an SUV or van. Backseat passengers are also 40 percent less likely to injure another passenger in the car by becoming a projectile in the event of an accident.
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