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Download: Report urges states to require that backseat passengers wear seat belts

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Are you ever a backseat passenger? If so, wear your seat belt.

That’s the message from a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

According to the report, 883 unrestrained back seat passengers ages eight and older died in car crashes in 2013. More than 400 of them would have survived if they had buckled up, according to the report.

The report states that 22 states don’t require seat belt use in rear seats.

It encourages that all states enact a rear seat belt law, including in taxis and for-hire vehicles.

Read the full report here.