Report finds adults don't always use seat belt in back seat

When you're riding in the back seat, do you wear a seat belt? According to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, many people don't.

The group has released dramatic video to illustrate just how important it is to buckle up. The video shows what happens to an unbuckled, rear-seated passenger at impact of a car going just 35 miles per hour.

Jessica Jermakian, a senior research engineer with IIHS, said the rear seat passenger flies forward in the crash, hitting the back of the driver's seat, pushing the driver into the seat belt and the steering wheel.

She adds that drivers are twice as likely to be fatally injured when an unbuckled, rear seat passenger comes flying forward.

"When you don't buckle up in the back seat, it puts not only yourself in at risk, but it also puts other people in the vehicle at risk," said Jermakian.

The Institute surveyed about 1,200 adults and found many don't buckle up in the back seat because they feel safer there, even when riding in a taxi, an Uber or Lyft.

72 percent said they always use their safety belt in the back seat.

The group least likely to report always buckling up in the back were those 35 to 54 years old.

Only 29 states and Washington, D.C. require back seat safety belt use.

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