Study tests rear-facing car seats in rear-end collisions

Study tests rear-facing car seats in rear-end collisions
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Studies have shown that rear-facing car seats save lives in side and front-impact crashes. But researchers at Ohio State University studied how they perform in rear-end collisions when the child is facing the impact of the crash.

According to the study's author Julie Mansfield, all rear-facing seats they tested were effective at absorbing the force of the crash and protecting the child.

"Those crash forces are going to be transferred from the shell of the car seat into the vehicle seat and into the vehicle and that keeps the crash energy away from the occupant himself," Mansfield said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should keep their toddlers in rear-facing seats until they are two years old or when they reach the maximum height and weight.

Safekids.org also finds that more than 2,600 children under 13 are involved in a car crash daily. That is why it is important to make sure that car seats are installed correctly. But the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that 59 percent of car seats are not installed correctly.

In Pima County, several county and local law enforcement agencies will help you install your car seat correctly. Click on the following links for more information:

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