Statement from the National Safety Council on IIHS Survey Showing Most Backseat Passengers do not Buckle Up

Seat belts save lives, but too many passengers still do not use them

Itasca, IL – In light of survey results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the National Safety Council is urging every American to buckle up in every seating position in a vehicle, and for every state to pass laws requiring seat belt use for all vehicle occupants. Seat belts are the most effective safety technology universally available today, and drivers appear to understand the benefits. Nearly 90 percent of drivers and front seat passengers buckle up on every trip. According to the IIHS survey, 4 out of 5 backseat passengers skip wearing a seat belt at least some of the time. This is disturbing at best and terrifying at worst. As IIHS videos clearly show, failing to wear a seat belt in the backseat can have deadly ramifications not only for the backseat passenger but also for the driver and front seat occupant.

The National Safety Council State of Safety report awarded only four states "On Track" status when it comes to seat belts, in part because far too many states lack laws requiring all vehicle occupants to buckle up. Laws are a critical component of behavior change. Every state should use the IIHS report as yet another reason to pass life-saving seat belt legislation that will dramatically reduce risk injury and get us on the Road to Zero deaths.  

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