Did you know why experts say rear-facing is better than forward-facing?
Frontal impact or offset frontal vehicle crashes make up the majority of all collisions. Although rear-end crashes represent about 30% of total crashes, however, they comprise only about 5% of all serious and fatal crashes. Thus frontal collision is the key point in taking safety measures.
When a child sits rear-facing during a frontal collision, the forces are distributed along the entire body (head, neck, and back). The child is cocooned by the safety seat shell and the head moves with the seat – reducing the risk for neck and spinal injury.
However, when a child is forward facing, the harness holds the child’s torso, while the head is unrestrained. The child’s head moves forward abruptly, placing the force loads on the child’s neck – resulting in head and spinal injuries.
Been forward-facing your child too soon? Try to turn him back to rear-facing!