Of 2,275 cases of non-fatal injuries sustained by all categories of road users 185 were inflicted on back seat passengers. Twenty-six such passengers sustained severe and 66 moderately severe injuries. Only two patients (aged 18 months and 3 years) wore any form of restraint. Back seat passengers may be injured by impact with the rear of the front seat or other objects in the rear compartment; by objects in the front compartment; or by being thrown out of the car completely. An adequate restraint system, such as the lap-and-diagonal type of seat belt, would reduce the incidence and severity of injuries. (Author/TRRL)

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    • Supported by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
  • Corporate Authors:

    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Christian, M S
  • Publication Date: 1975-2-8

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 320-322
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 5953
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125571
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-025 729U
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1985 12:00AM