Protect backseat passengers with these simple steps

Misconceptions about backseat safety can put riders at risk. Learn the backseat basics.

Baby in a car seat in the passenger row.

Several studies have shown that the backseat is the safest place for your child, but you still need to take safety precautions to protect both children and adults seated there.

Here are several ways to reduce risks for backseat passengers:

Choose the right restraint

Securing kids properly is the number one guideline for child passenger safety. Your child's age, height, and weight will determine whether he or she needs a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. Identify the appropriate safety restraint for your child at For more information about child car seat safety, see this summary of common car seat mistakes.

Don't forget about adults

Unrestrained adults can be injured in the backseat too. They also can injure the driver if thrown forward during impact. For protection, have your passengers sit in the center seat — it is the farthest point from possible impact zones. And be sure your backseat passengers buckle their seat belts.

Shop for safety

Keep backseat passengers in mind when you're shopping for a new vehicle. Many newer models are equipped with backseat safety features. Side airbags and inflatable seat belts offer more protection, while headrests can help reduce the occurrence of whiplash.

Drive cautiously

Your driving habits also impact your passengers' safety. Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes. So put your phone away, give your children a book or movie to keep them occupied, and always keep your eyes on the road.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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