A majority of mid-size SUVs on the road today do not offer front crash protection for passengers in the backseat, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is big news for families who rely on these SUVs to travel with their children.
The IIHS used a new crash-test dummy representing a 12-year-old child in the vehicle's second row behind the driver. (This represents a human out of car seat age.) Nine of the 13 cars tested indicated a risk of head or neck injuries for rear passengers. Only four cars earned a good rating.