Study: Children in rear-facing car seats could suffer head injuries in rear-end crashes

Posted at 12:46 PM, Nov 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-02 15:01:46-05

A study published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention found children in rear-facing car seats are at risk of suffering serious head injuries in rear-end crashes, according to a report by the Washington Post.

“It’s basic physics,” Jamie Williams, one of the study’s authors, told the Washington Post. “It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The only surprise was the magnitude of the head strikes. We didn’t think it would be that bad.”

But the findings worry some safety experts, who say parents may be wrongly discouraged from keeping children in the safest rear-facing position, the report said.

A test video (below) shows an infant crash test dummy hitting its head on the back seat of a vehicle during tests that simulate rear-end crashes.

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