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Report: dislodged front seat deadly for passengers

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Dr. Massoud Tavakoli is a professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University.

As an expert in the field, he recognizes the potential deadly result of a driver seat collapsing during a crash and hitting passengers in the car.

"Unfortunately if you make the seats stronger you also increase a lot of other injuries," Tavakoli said.

The issue was highlighted in a CBS News investigative report. 

The CBS report revealed that paralysis or even death is a real possibility for back seat passengers if the front seat becomes dislodged in a crash.

At the Dummy Assembly Crash Safety Center at Kettering, tests are underway to fix the problem.

"We have done several studies looking at moderate to severe brain impact and what happens to the neck and head of rear seat occupants," Tavakoli said.

Kettering has been at the forefront of all of this for so many years. And the research that is done is not all about the dummies but more a smart plan to save lives.

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