Gives Tips on Why Rear Facing Child Safety Seats are Safest

September 16, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Charlotte, NC -, a very established automotive safety website, as a part of a long standing effort to further educate the consumer and increase driving safety wants to educate consumers on the importance of using rear facing child safety seats, why they are safest, and how they reduce the risk of an accident or its severity.

What is the safest, a forward or rear facing child safety seat? Everyone has a different answer on this and many states have different laws governing the age, weight or size of the child or infant in question. By looking at and interpreting car accident reports and data it is an obvious finding that the severity of accidents were reportedly lower when a rear facing child safety seat was used properly.

Even though any child safety seat is better than none, a rear facing seat is especially important for babies and toddlers as they can face the highest risks of serious injury and death. Babies and small children are at a much higher risk for more severe spinal cord, neck and brain injuries as their heads are larger in proportion to the rest of their body and they have weaker and developing neck muscles. This greatly increases the severity of most car accident injuries for small children. According to the National Institute for Highway Safety, “Rear-facing car seats spread frontal crash forces over the whole area of the baby’s back, head and neck; they also prevent the head from snapping relative to the body in a frontal crash.”

So, it is obvious that we should use a rear facing child safety seat for as long as feasible and as required by our state and federal driving laws. It is important to note that regardless of the child safety seat used, not all injuries can be prevented. Still, we can do much to increase our chances of survival for our children by properly installing the child safety seats and using a rear facing child safety seat for as long as possible. It is a good idea to stop by your local fire department and have them look at your child safety seats. They are trained to know exactly what is and is not safe in these safety seats and it is free. Besides, kids love firemen and the firemen love kids, they will have fun and you will feel better about their safety.

In addition to these tips, provides a great source of information on a variety of topics all dealing with driving safety and saving money on your car. There are multiple articles on everything from night and winter driving tips to headlight glare, restoration and cleaning.

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