Rear Facing In Rear End Collisions

 

Rear end collisions

 

Last Update November 12th, 2016 I have been asked on several occasions whether or not rear facing would really be safe if you were to be rear ended.

My response up until now has been that frontal and side impact crashes are the most fatal accidents, and that serious rear impact accidents are not very common.

Therefore the child is best protected being in rear facing convertible car seats for as long as possible, in the most common types of accidents.

Why Rear Facing Car Seats are Safer

The statistics are on our side, According to Crashtest.Com, frontal and frontal offset crashes combine for about 72% of all crashes.

Side impacts are about 24%. Rear and rear offset crashes only account for about 4%. The odds of being in a serious frontal crash are many times greater than being in a rear-ender.

However, it does happen and people have always asked “what if I was seriously rear ended with my baby rear facing?” Well, I now have an answer for you!

Meet Eliza, she was born June 28, 2004.

Eliza, rear facing at 16 months old in a Britax Marathon.

Eliza has always been pretty small, and at 16 months old had just barely hit 20lbs.

However, lucky for Eliza she had a Mom who did her research.

She knew how much safer rear facing was, and even after the Pediatrician told her she could turn Eliza forward facing she didn’t.

She planned to keep Eliza rear facing until the 33lb weight limit on her Britax USA Marathon.

Eliza rear facing and sleeping in her Britax Marathon.

The morning of November 5 when this picture was taken Kevin was wearing his favorite shirt and necklace.

It was just before a game so they were in their Buckeye gear.

Little did they know when they set out on a drive later that day that the shirt and necklace would end up being cut off of him.

While driving with 8 year old Kevin and 16 month old Eliza they encountered a traffic jam on the freeway.

Mom saw this in plenty of time and slowed down and stopped accordingly.

That is the last thing Mom or Kevin remember before waking up in the ambulance.

Apparently the person behind her did not see the stopped traffic, and rear ended their stopped Dodge Stratus going 65MPH.

They removed the seat from the passenger side backseat first before moving her.

I think if any rear end accident tested the safety of rear facing it was this one.

Eliza escaped with only marks on her shoulders from the harness.

Kevin and Mom are quite banged up, bruises, etc. Here is Mom’s account of what happened.

“The kids and I were involved in a car accident last night.

Other than being ouchy and bruised, we’re pretty much OK.

I was on the freeway when the cars all in front of me were stopped and traffic was backed up.

I noticed this in plenty of time, so I slowed down and stopped normally.

That’s the last thing I remember until I woke up in the ambulance.

Apparently, in between there, someone hit us from behind going from 60-65 mph.

I’ve heard “Your car is pretty messed up.”

and “Your trunk is pretty much in the back seat of your car.”

When I woke up in the ambulance all I could think about was the kids.

I wanted to know if they were OK and where they were.

I was being transferred to the hospital and they were being transferred to the Children’s Hospital.

I was told that they seemed to be OK and that I needed to concentrate on me.

I get the shivers every time I talk about the accident.

I’m shaking now.

Anyhow, I was checked out.

CT scans and x-rays.

I was released.

They called a cab for me to be taken to Children’s Hospital.

I had the nurse call grandma to have her go be with the kids.

Apparently when she got there, they were treating Kevin but Eliza was at the nurses station drinking apple juice and eating cheerios with the nurse.

She has a couple small marks on her shoulder/neck area from the straps, but nothing else.

Nothing.

She was up running around at 1:30 am before they released Kevin.

Kevin is about in the same shape I am.

Bruises and sore.

They are having him wear a neck brace for 5-7 days, just to be on the safe side.

They said his CT scan was clear, but kids’ necks are so small that they like to have them wear it on the small occurrence that the CT scan missed something.

When I got to the hospital, Kevin was sleeping and we had to wake him up to get him eat something and walk a bit before they’d release him.

His nose is bruised and swollen and he has bruising under both eyes.

He doesn’t remember much about the actual accident either…so I guess that’s a blessing.

We haven’t been able to get a copy of the accident report yet, so we dont know anything about the other driver, if s/he has insurance…who was the first on the scene…who called 911 for us?

When I talked to the insurance lady today and told her that we had been hit while at a complete stop and the other driver was going about 65 mph, she said she was surprised she was actually talking to me.

Wow.

I’m so thankful that I always make my kids buckle up.

I’m so thankful that even though Eliza is 1 year old and 20 pounds that I have her rear facing.

I’m so thankful that we spent the extra money and bought a Britax.

N.B The Britax is the best convertible child safety seats that you can buy.

I’m so thankful that besides a few bruises and sore spots, we’re all OK. We’re all alive.”

Tips For Buying and Using A Baby Stroller or Travel System in 2018

Toddler in travel system

Parents with Toddler in Stroller

Much of what the so called experts will tell you is essential for your baby most probably is not.

However as you baby grows up your baby will more likely need wheels.

Yes you may have to buy an infant stroller or travel system when your child is about six months and you need to move around with them.

Some of the best toddler and infant travel strollers may be found here

With millions of strollers and travel systems sold to parents every year resulting in accidents, it is very important to know what stroller to buy and how to ensure your baby does not become part of the travel system stroller statistics. 

The following are some tips to buy the best car seat stroller combo or the best travel stroller to keep your baby safe:

Buy An Age Appropriate Stroller

Not all strollers out there will be great for your infant. It always advisable to go for an umbrella or lightweight stroller for the first few months before the child can sit up on their own.

Try to find a lightweight stroller that you can use with a baby car seat or one that completely reclines.

Just because the stroller does come with a bassinet or carrycot, you should never assume that it is safe to use it in the home. 

"Unless the bassinet and carry cot have been certified as safe for use outside of ordinary stroller use never use them in the home."

Even though you may want to get back to an all active lifestyle as soon as possible, it is not advisable to go for jogging or all terrain strollers when the child is still an infant below six months.

You can find some of the best all terrain baby stroller

Only a child a year or older can safely ride and withstand the pressures and jolts of a jogging stroller.

Even though older children are unlikely to get hurt riding in a stroller, it is always advisable to check the weight limits of your stroller before putting them in it.

At more than 35 pounds most children are best not put in a stroller. 

Check out our age guide for strollers here

Get Familiar With the Stroller Features

While this may sound like common sense, very many parents do not know the features of the travel system strollers well before they get them out and put their kids in them.

It is important to gain at least a rudimentary understanding of all features of the stroller such as:

  • Attaching the bassinet or infant car seat onto the stroller frame or stroller and ensuring it is locked in securely.
  • Lowering and raising the back rest
  • Unbuckling and buckling the harnesses and latches
  • Unfolding and folding the stroller or travel system
stroller features

Important Safety Checks

Before getting started it is critical to ensure the child is as far away from the locking mechanism as possible.

Many children have hurt their fingers with some even losing digits caught in the stroller hinge.

Listen for the audible click that confirms the stroller and the infant set are set up safely and securely, lock in the harness and brakes.

lf of these need to produce the audible click before you proceed.

  • Strap in the child: Always ensure that you safely and securely lock in the 5 point harness just as you would on a car seat. Regardless of whether the child is awake or asleep they have to be strapped in at all times as loose straps can be a strangulation hazard. Moreover riding without being strapped in can expose the kid to injury from negotiating curbs, sidewalks and curbs that may throw him out of the stroller
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  • Check the Recall List: You could decide to reuse a stroller use by an older child or get one from a friend. However, before you use it, check the serial number, date of manufacture, model number on the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the NTSA for the infant car seat to ensure the travel system is not on the recall seat. 
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  • Watch the Wheels: Most strollers will have quick release/connect wheels that may suddenly come undone. Try to familiarize yourself with the mechanism and working of these types of wheels. Additionally check for proper tire pressure to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for the child. 

Navigating The Stroller

  • All it takes is a slight incline and the stroller particularly if it has twins or a heavy child will roll away from your grip. Always ensure that the brakes are locked in whenever you take a break and stop anywhere.
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  • Do not use the stroller in an escalator rather take an elevator or ramp and if those options are not available, fold up the stroller carry the baby up the escalator and come back for the collapsed stroller.
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  • Do not put the diaper or shopping bag on the stroller handles as these may be too heavy and have been reported to tip the stroller over. Instead put all your important luggage in the storage compartment beneath the stroller and if not carry them in a backpack.

Black Friday 2018 Deals and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals on Convertible Car Seats, Infant Car Seats, Booster Seats, Travels Systems and Strollers

Its November again which means Black Friday Cyber Monday and Thanksgiving are nearly here. While we always give tips on how to buy install and use car seats, we thought it prudent to give you information on deals on car seats for this holiday season.

It can be tempting to just buy the cheapest convertible car seat that you find online, saying any car seat is better than none at all. Nonetheless this is not the best thing to do as you may end up with a car seat that is cheap yet uncomfortable or worse unsafe for your child.

Thank fully we have our Black Friday carseat deals 2018 and Cyber Monday carseat deals 2018 including where you can get the best and safest convertible car seats for the best prices. Check out the best deals on booster seats, combination car seats, multi mode seats, convertible car seats, and rear facing only car seats.

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Convertible Car Seats

Graco 4ever All-in-one Convertible Car Seat – Skylar was 299.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B013CW65KQ’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c7c272c7-de96-11e8-924e-43b839d9efd6′]

Evenflo Tribute Sport Convertible Car Seat, Maxwell was 69.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B006PB2B6O’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3b8acc64-de97-11e8-8105-ab43aa39d8c9′]

Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat, Glacier, One Size

Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat, Binx was 199.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B019EGMEVS’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d8c61ccf-de97-11e8-8bf2-eb8a98df62dc’]

Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat, Verve was 279.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B013YCX22I’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’144aedbc-de98-11e8-a636-27994ce9b820′]

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, Vitamint was 169.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B01M6C22IX’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7209cc3f-de98-11e8-a1cf-f70784b47f2a’]

Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat, Saturn was 69.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B006PB2B6O’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’46c056d4-de9a-11e8-a43b-8b2b7deafb40′]

Booster Seats

Evenflo AMP Select Car Booster Seat, Butterfly

Evenflo Big Kid Sport High Back Booster Car Seat, Rainier

Britax Pioneer Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat, Domino was 189.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B00OTXUNTC’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e473bc88-de9a-11e8-87ab-fb28200c8e17′]

Graco Backless Turbobooster, Emory was 24.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B07D7FMBYK’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’373cd2a7-de9b-11e8-ab53-b5d2ce4dae6f’]

BubbleBum Backless Inflatable Booster Car Seat, Black

Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat, Wesley

Evenflo Amp High Back Booster Car Seat, Carrissa was 39.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B00AJSIW6C’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’999cd7ed-de9b-11e8-ae4c-65da826e223f’]

Cosco Topside Backless Booster Car Seat (Leo) was 26.94 Now [amazon_link asins=’B006ZISVSO’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c1800654-de9b-11e8-bda6-657a227e5782′]

Diono Radian 3RXT All-in-One Convertible Car Seat was 289.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B07DWBZMBJ’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b93bd2cd-e024-11e8-8502-3f67b7fba45a’]

Infant Car Seats

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, Gotham, One Size

Evenflo Nurture Infant Car Seat, Parker was $60 Now [amazon_link asins=’B07FW4JXPQ’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8812d4d5-de9c-11e8-af7b-67a8e91e22d8′]

Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat, Ombra was $179.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B00ODZ5R7O’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e7d3c50a-de9c-11e8-b833-bbda7b721653′]

Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seat, Vibe

Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat (Monument)

Travel Systems

Britax 2017 B Agile & B Safe 35 Travel System, Black was 439.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B0731KQ97W’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c931dcc4-de9d-11e8-92bb-4d38f31fd3f3′]

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System, Sandstone

Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System, Millennium was 209.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B00OEV3MAG’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’61cf891d-de9e-11e8-ac4f-8b27f0e2adcd’]

Chicco Cortina CX Travel System, Iron

Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System with OnBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat, Monument 2 was 179.99 Now [amazon_link asins=’B01JRY00C2′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’becocasehq-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b1d7f7b5-de9e-11e8-8339-ab59f5c797aa’]

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