June 20, 2018
Riding in the Front Seat
Wellness Tip

Riding in the Front Seat

by Berkeley Wellness  

When riding in the front passenger seat of a car, don’t recline the seat more than a few inches. Tilting backwards changes the position of the shoulder harness against your body, making it less effective in case of a crash—and several papers over the years have described injuries sustained by reclining passengers. Also, when you recline, if the air bag is deployed during a crash, it may not cushion you in the right place.

There are no federal safety standards regarding seat position for adults, though some car manuals do warn against “excessive” reclining.