Belting up the seat belts at the back seat of the car is essential. According to researchers in Japan the majority of deaths of front-seat car passengers could be prevented if those in the back used seat belts.We already know that using a rear seat belt reduces death and severe injury in a car crash among those wearing one. What has not been clear is the effect that belting up at the back has on passengers in the front of the car.
A team at the University of Japan analysed around 50,000 crashes occurring in a five year period, all of increased five times if there was someone in the back not wearing their seat belt. The researchers think that if these rear-seat passengers had belted up, 60 per cent of the deaths could have been prevented. The message is clear - belt up in the back, as well as the front, if you want to save a life.