Is It Against the Law to Not Wear a Seatbelt in the Backseat?

Blog | Feb 14, 2017

In Arizona, there are specific laws regarding the use of seatbelts for both the front seat and backseat. Any driver or passenger in the front seat must wear a seatbelt at all times. In the backseat, only those passengers who are under the age of 16 are legally required to wear their seatbelts or have some other form of restraint system, like a car seat or booster seat.

However, there have been numerous traffic safety studies conducted which clearly show that passengers in the back seat who do not wear a seatbelt increase the risks for other occupants of the vehicle, including the driver. How? When a crash or accident occurs, there is nothing to hold the backseat passenger in place. They are tossed and thrown around based upon the G-forces of the impact.

The G-forces can increase the normal weight of the individual, so that, rather than weighing their normal weight, it can increase their weight to a thousand pounds or more! Imagine if a thousand-pound person were to be thrown forward out of their seat. The G-forces could cause the person to impact the front seat and injure or even kill the front seat occupants.

For the safety of all occupants, regardless of their age, Cobblestone Auto Spa highly recommends everyone always wear a seatbelt, even while in the back seat. To keep your car clean and running great, remember to stop by our closest car wash location today or call us at (602) 788-9274 for directions!