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September 25, 1972

Backward Driving

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University of Miami Coral Gables, Fla

JAMA. 1972;221(13):1517. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200260053024

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To the Editor.—  The letter of Dr. I. I. Lalani (220:1499, 1972) that calls attention to the "Prevention of Injury in the Automobile Accident" suggested that consideration be given to "reversing the direction the passengers face in the moving vehicle (and that) cars should be so designed that all passengers (including the driver) face away from the direction in which the car is running."Whatever the merits of this recommendation, it brings to mind the recommendation by the airlines that when crash landing, the passenger is instructed to bend well over forward; in other words, he is likely to ram his head into the seat ahead. I have felt for some time that this position is 180 degrees away from a more logical one, namely, to sit on the floor, facing backwards. As one who uses the airlines rather frequently, I am interested in the logic of the present "head