2011 Nissan Juke IIHS crash test

According to a report by the American Journal of Public Health, women who wear seatbelts are more likely to be injured in a car crash than men who wear seatbelts. This study only included cars built between 1998 and 2008, reports Kicking Tires, so it is likely that late-model car owners may fare better.

If you’re a woman who owns an older car, the study states that you are 47 percent more likely to be injured in a crash than your husband, brother or boyfriend. That’s because women tend to be smaller, lighter and have different seating postures compared with men, which affects the performance of safety gear like seatbelts and airbags, writes ABC News.

While women are more likely to be hurt in a car crash, and are more likely to be involved in accidents, according to Autoblog, men are more likely to be killed in a crash.

However, owners of newer models have less to worry about. “Although Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety says that the study had the right concept, it doesn’t apply to today’s vehicles,” reports ABC News. The cars used in the study were an average of six years old, and newer models have more-advanced technology to better protect occupants of all sizes.

Because womens’ injuries tend to result from their smaller size, parents of teen drivers should also take note. If you have a new driver, make sure they’re wearing their seatbelt properly and have the steering wheel and seat positions adjusted safely.

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