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Front-row occupant protection in frontal crashes has benefited from recent developments in restraint performance and vehicle crashworthiness, which have been driven partly by manufacturers’ efforts to improve vehicle scores in consumer information tests.  Occupants in the rear seat have not seen the same benefits their front seat counterparts.  NHTSA is investigating different technologies to better understand the potential of these front seat technologies in the rear seat.


U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
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