CBS: Car seats can break, collapse during crashes

They can kill or injure passengers sitting in the rear seat

2013 Honda Accord in IIHS small overlap frontal crash test. (PRNewsFoto/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
2013 Honda Accord in IIHS small overlap frontal crash test. (PRNewsFoto/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — CBS News Investigates reports that car seats, like the driver and passenger seats, can break or collapse during a crash. Many times, those seats have killed or injured passengers riding in the back seat.

An expert hired by CBS News said federal standards for seat safety are so low that even banquet chairs pass the test. One longtime accident investigator said it’s an inadequate standard.

CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave broke the story. He spoke with KOIN’s Dan Tilkin about the piece. You can watch that interview below.

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