Safety experts say kids are in danger due to car defect

GOLETA, Calif. (WIVB) — A serious safety defect may have you changing where you put your kid in the car.

Video from SAFE Laboratories shows what happens to your front seat during a rear-end crash.

The impact can cause the front seat to break, pulling you into the backseat.

If your child is sitting there, even in his or her car seat, they could be hurt.

Safety experts claim car companies have known about this for years.

A family in Texas says the front seat defect nearly killed their son three years ago.

The dad was driving an Audi when someone rear-ended them.

The driver’s seat back broke, hitting his 7-year-old behind him. The child had severe injuries, including partial paralysis and permanent brain damage.

Last week, a jury in San Antonio awarded the family about $125 million in a civil suit against Audi and the driver who hit the family.

CBS News reports the serious safety defect could be fixed for a matter of a dollar per vehicle.

CBS also says the Center for Auto Safety is putting pressure for the national highway traffic safety administration to force a change.

The experts CBS spoke with said Volvo, Mercedes and BMW have seats that hold up the best in rear-end crashes. Other vehicles vary a lot in rear-end crashes.

MORE | See the full investigation here.

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