NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Women are more vulnerable than men in car crashes—even when using a seatbelt, according to a new study.

The study, published by the American Journal of Public Health, says that women have a 47 percent higher risk of suffering a serious car crash injury than men.

“This report suggests that women’s lives and safety have taken a backseat when it comes to the standards and the building of the automobiles,” says Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who is calling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take stronger action.

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She says vehicles are still being tested by using male crash dummies when the cars should be tested with female dummies as well.

“The government has done a great job of getting Americans to buckle up for safety,” Maloney says. “Now they need to buckle down and understand why this disparity in safety exists between men and women.”