Seatbelt Dangers for Older Drivers

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OHIO — Seatbelts are meant to protect us in car crashes. But for some drivers, they can be harmful.

An Ohio State University study says drivers age 85 and older are nine times more likely per mile driven to be hurt in a crash.  

Chest injuries are most common and they’re linked to a fastened seatbelt.

Pam Sohn ended up in a neck brace after a jeep backed into her car. 

Her seatbelt kept her in the seat, but researchers believe it may have contributed to her concussion and back injuries.

The seatbelt Pam and the rest of us use wasn’t designed for the 60-year-old’s 5’4″ frame.

The goal is to have seatbelts that will one day automatically adjust to the person they’re protecting.

Despite the risk, seatbelts were credited with saving nearly 14,000 lives last year.   

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