Are Passengers in the Third Row of a Car Safe in a Rear Crash?
Three-row SUVs have become a popular choice for families in need of extra room, but are passengers in the third row at a high risk of injury in a rear-end collision?
“There’s not a lot of real-world crash data for third-row seating,” says Emily Thomas, Consumer Reports’ auto safety engineer. “The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is coming out with testing where they’re putting crash-test dummies in the rear seat and looking at how they perform. However, this new testing is focused on frontal impact, not rear impact.”