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Extended rear facing question not a fight...

I saw a picture of a child who was 4 and 32 pounds rear facing. I noticed her legs were propped up on the seat in one pic and bent with her knees on her chin in another. If you were rear ended, wouldn't that break her legs? When I was rear ended really hard pre-kids my back seat was pushed forward about 2-3 inches from impact. (I wish I was exaggerating.- The car was totaled! Hit by a car going 40 when I was stopped) Seems like if a child with there legs that long was in my back seat they would have two broken legs... right? I am NOT anti-ERF. I just don't do it and when I saw that this question just crossed my mind. That's all. (Lol-I feel like I have to defend myself before I even submit based on past spectator experience. Geez)


Asked by But_Mommie at 8:27 PM on Oct. 18, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (8)
  • As someone who has worked as a paramedic, I've seen lots of miracles in my day. I've seen tons of children who have survived because they were in a car seat... never rear facing. So, IMO, it's a 50/50 shot either way!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:38 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • That's what I've always thought too...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 8:35 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • This is my thought too,but they'll saw better they have broken legs then a broken neck,but I cry foul on that thinking.

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:30 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • at 4 there is no need to be rearfacing. i rather there be no broken anything. rear facing or forward facing doesn't really make a differance in a really bad accident. i say at the height and weight the kid should be forward facing. but to each their own.

    Answer by lambdarose at 8:33 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Sorry, I mean I have never seen a child rear faced...

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:38 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Most likely the child's legs would not be broken. However, if it came to a choice between broken legs or a broken neck or worse, I'd choose the legs. I dont have little ones anymore, but if I did, I think I'd' ERF. But I think each family has to do what they think is best for their children.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 8:32 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • well obviously if you're getting into a major car accident the child will be hurt somehow. it's just where they get hurt....if they are rear facing they are much less likely to get life-threatening injuries than if they were forward facing. so it's not saying that somehow magically they will not get hurt if they are rear-facing, but they are less likely to die or be paralyzed that's all.


    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:35 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • my son is 2 and he sits fasting the front of the car should i turn him around

    Answer by mamamtobe at 11:20 PM on Oct. 18, 2010