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New study: Back seats not safest place during car crash

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You might think you're safer in the back seat during a car crash, but a new study says that might not be the case. 

Rear seats haven't kept up with advancements in accident safety like front seats, according to a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

In vehicles made after 2006, people sitting in the rear seat -- even when they wear a seatbelt -- have a 46 percent greater chance of dying in a crash than someone riding in the front passenger seat.

Experts emphasize that rear seats haven't become less safe, it's just that front seats have become safer.

However, experts still say children are safer in the back seat -- especially for children under the age of nine.

And Consumer Reports still recommends that all children under the age of 13 should ride in the back.

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