Your forward-facing car seat may not necessarily protect your two-year-old from serious injuries in an accident. For years now, industry recommendations have held that children above the age of one must be placed in a forward-facing car seat, instead of a rear-facing one. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now revising that recommendation. According to the group, children are safer if they are in a rear-facing seat.
The group has issued a policy statement that it bases on data from a study conducted in 2007 at the University Of Virginia. That study found that children aged two and above are 70% less likely to suffer injuries in an accident when they are in a rear-facing seat. According to the group, the truth is that children’s chances of avoiding injuries in accidents declines when you move them from rear-facing seats to front-facing seats.
Unfortunately, for many parents, the transition of their child, from a rear-facing car seat to a front-facing seat is a momentous one that they greatly look forward to. Indiana personal injury attorneys believe that getting parents to keep their children restrained in rear-facing car seats for at least one year longer is not going to be as simple as it seems. We’re likely to find plenty of resistance from parents who would like to have their children facing forward even after age one, in spite of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation.
According to the pediatricians, the bones of a baby’s neck are still immature, and may be at risk of a fracture during an accident in which his head and neck are thrown forward. There is also strong evidence from other countries to support delayed use of a front-facing car seat. For example, in Sweden, children are placed in rear-facing car seats till they are four years old. In that country, highway fatality rates for children are some of the lowest in the world.