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Extended Rear Facing Car Seats
“The most common type of crash is the frontal crash. In a frontal crash, the entire back of a rear-facing car seat absorbs the crash force, protecting the child’s head, neck, and spine. The side impact crashes are less common, but more serious. Having the car seat rear facing again protects the head, neck and spine. The child’s head stays contained better within the car seat when it is rear facing.
In a crash with the child in a forward facing car seat, the body is held in place but the head and arms are thrown violently forward which can stretch or break the spinal cord. The spinal cord of a child sitting forward facing can stretch up to 2 inches. Unfortunately a spinal cord only needs to stretch 1/4 of an inch to break or cause paralysis.
Here are some statistics I have found in my search:
- 42% of all unintentional childhood deaths are due to crashes
- In 2006, unintentional motor vehicle traffic deaths were the leading cause of injury death for ages 1-34. Under age 1, they ranked 3rd (behind unintentional suffocation and homicide).
- 42% of fatalities for children up to age 8 in the back seat are from side impacts.
- For children in car seats, forward-facing kids are 4 times more likely to be injured in a side impact than rear-facing kids.
- Rear facing car seats reduces the risk of death by 71%.”
This is all enough information for me to keep my Gracie rear facing for a very long time.
These two photos were from around the time Gracie turned 2 years old. She has never known about forward facing, so we don’t have issues with her being unhappy.
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