When riding forward-facing...

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-26-2008
When riding forward-facing...
3
Wed, 06-02-2010 - 10:53am
I know I've read for rear-facing that the center of the backseat is the safest spot in most cases.  This moves the baby away from the side where a side-impact could occur.  But what about when they're forward facing?  The center of the backseat still keeps them far away from a side-impact crash, but then they would be fully exposed to anything coming through the front window.  So when they're forward facing should they be on the side of the vehicle?


siggygeometricshapes.jpg geometric siggy picture by kiluoma


Thank you belle_petite for my siggy!


Lilypie - (Shlu)


RDGroup1yr.gif RDs are One! picture by kiluoma

siggybaseball.jpg layton_mama08 picture by kiluoma

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2006
Wed, 06-02-2010 - 12:02pm

I’m not really sure of the answer to your specific question, but I do know that the center position is only slightly safer for a rear-facing child.

 

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-18-2004
Wed, 06-02-2010 - 5:09pm

Are you considering putting your baby in a forward-facing car seat at this time? If so, have you seen www.joelsjourney.org. Or are you just thinking about what you will do in a couple of years when your baby can safely sit forward-facing?


My understanding is that the center is consider safer because of intrusion coming from the side of the vehicle. However, center is just a tiny bit safer. We know from research that rear-facing is 400% to 500% safer in an accident.


09-Melanie.jpg Isabelle and Marcus picture by MathMelanie


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-26-2008
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 9:28am
Thank you for the information. It's just something I've been thinking about. I know rear-facing is better.


siggygeometricshapes.jpg geometric siggy picture by kiluoma


Thank you

siggybaseball.jpg layton_mama08 picture by kiluoma