Girl Suffers Severe Injuries- Forward-facing Child Seat May Be to Blame
An automobile accident took place in New South Wales, Australia, leaving one child passenger, who was in a forward-facing car seat in critical condition. According reports, the mother claims a forward-facing car seat contributed to her daughter's severe injuries.
Angela Brown and the Car Seat Misfortune
In New South Wales, Australia, a mother of two named Angela Brown was in a terrible accident. On route to their home in New South Wales, Brown lost control of the SUV she was driving with her two children in the back. As the vehicle lost control it slammed into a tree going 100 km/h.
According to Brown, the impact of the car hitting the tree caused the car to flip forward and onto its roof. While this happened, the large tree the SUV had hit snapped and landed on top of the car. The fallen tree trapped Brown and her two children inside the vehicle.
Brown’s daughter that was sitting in a forward-facing car seat sustained significantly worse injuries than Brown’s other daughter, who was seated in a rear-facing car seat. The two-year-old girl that was seated in the forward-facing car seat had to be airlifted to the hospital as a result of a broken vertebra. The other daughter, in a rear-facing car seat, escaped with only a bruise.
Brown has publically voiced her story by way of social media and urges parents not to make the same mistake she had. Brown strongly encourages parents to keep their children in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible.
Forward-Facing Car Seat Statistics
The following information was provided by Car Seats for the Littles:
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 60% of vehicle crashes are frontal impacts and 20% are side impacts.
- According to a study published by BMJ Injury Prevention, comparing injury statistics for 15 years of crashes all involving children under the age of two, the odds of severe injury for forward-facing infants under 12 months of age were 1.79 times higher than for rear-facing infants; for children 12 to 23 months old, the odds were 5.32 times higher
- During a crash, there are three impacts: the vehicle striking whatever it strikes, the body of the occupant being retained, and the internal organs striking the inside of the body.
- When someone is rear-facing, the forces of the crash are more equally diffused; therefore, the neck and spine are better held in line.