Toddlers between the ages of 12 and 23 months who ride in rear-facing car safety seats are five times safer than a toddler of the same age group in a forward-facing car seat.
Overall, children 2 and younger are 75 percent less likely to die or experience a serious injury when they ride in a rear-facing car seat, (Bull, MJ, Durbin DR. Pediatrics 2008).
Rear-facing seats support the back, neck, head and pelvis because the force of the crash is distributed evenly over the entire body.
Forward-facing children will have the force of the crash concentrated on the seat belt contact points. Also, younger children’s heads are large related to their small bodies, making whiplash much more dangerous for their small, weak necks.