Unbuckled in Back: An Overlooked Issue in Occupant Protection
Most strategies for encouraging seat belt use by adults focus on drivers and front seat passengers, but rear seat belt use by adults is lower than front seat belt use and warrants attention. In 2013, 883 unbelted rear seat passenger vehicle occupants age 8 and older died in traffic crashes in the United States.
This report takes a close look at the issue by examining rear seat belt use rates, state laws and enforcement, and public education efforts. It makes recommendations for states to help boost rear seat belt use through programs and policies.