Rear Seats Safest For Kids, But Which Is Safest Of All?

By Blake Z. Rong | March 22, 2012
Where's the safest place to put your baby? If you answered "the gunner's seat of a Leyland FV 4201 Chieftain main battle tank," then you've got the right idea, but you'd also be wrong. Car seats should definitely go in the back, but until researchers from University of Buffalo figured out that the middle seat—not the two plush, sculpted side seats—are the best to latch your child. Actually, it's not that surprising. Rather unsurprisingly, the middle seat is farther away from the sides where a child could get more hurt in a side impact collision. In fact, junior stays relatively insulated from crashes from all directions, and there's no potentially dangerous airbag exploding in front of your child's face. Given the cramped stretch of leather that comprises most seatbelted middle spaces in today's cars, what are you going to do—jam a fully-grown adult in there? The researchers looked at crash statistics where children were injured or killed in the back seat, determining that the middle seat was 25 percent safer than the side seats—already on top of the fact that the back seat is up to 86 percent safer than the front seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree: they both recommend that children ride in the middle seat with a three-point shoulder belt, for maximum safety.
To reiterate: as always, children are still advised to remain out of the driver's seat, if only because they can't reach the Bluetooth controls. Source: Babble