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Why is rear facing so important??

I understand when it is an infant . But when they are older,I don't see the benefit.

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CBMMOM

Asked by CBMMOM at 11:05 AM on Sep. 28, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Rear facing is important because a young child does not have the proper neck control/muscles to support their neck/head when/IF you have to slam on the breaks or get in to an accident. And facing the rear, when the brakes are applied, their head does not fly forward and damage their neck.

    Here in MD they are now recommending keeping a child rear facing untill the age of two. The law though is still only untill one.
    tiger_tatted1

    Answer by tiger_tatted1 at 11:08 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • It prevents whiplash and neck injury better than forward facing.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 11:10 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • So that's the benefit if you hit someone,but what if someone hits you from behind? Which I think is more likely,because you would be driving extra carefully because you have your baby to keep safe.
    CBMMOM

    Comment by CBMMOM (original poster) at 11:28 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Ok, but if you are severly rear ended...then the point is mute. I also worry about their legs. I think a car seat in theory is a great thing. For fender benders. BUT in the event of a severe crash, it is rather like a seat belt on an airplane, not realy good for much of anything. To each her own on this one.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:35 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Please visit the Car Seat Safety group. You are VERY misinformed.
    buzymamaof3

    Answer by buzymamaof3 at 12:26 PM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • CBMOM, I DONT ERF! I think it is excessve and rediculous! Most people dont! AND if you go to your local fire departent,they dont recommend it because like you said, if they hit you from the side r the rear, the damage has been proven to be worse! People these days have become fear mongers, that is all!
    JoLee12345

    Answer by JoLee12345 at 1:24 PM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • JoLee12345 is completely incorrect.  Rear facing is proven to be safer than forward facing in all types of accidents.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children rear facing to the rear facing limits of their convertible car seat because of the proven safety benefits of rear facing.  Rear facing children are 75% less likely to die or be seriously injury in an accident, regardless of direction of the crash, even side impact crashes.  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/121/3/619

    sallymoon

    Answer by sallymoon at 6:45 AM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • Rear end collisions account for only 4% of accidents and generally involve much less force than side or frontal impact collisions. RF is still safer in rear end collisions because the vehicle hit is usually stopped or moving forward, thus the forces of the accident will push the RF child in the same direction as a frontal collision - towards the front of the vehicle, into their car seat. Here is an account of a severe rear end collision. The RF child was nearly uninjured while FF occupants were quite banged up.Here is a video with more info on the importance of rear facing.  This video has more info on the importance of rear facing.

    sallymoon

    Answer by sallymoon at 6:47 AM on Sep. 29, 2010

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