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    Is rear-facing safer in a side impact collision?

    My sister asked me this yesterday and I didn't have a good answer for her because I'm really not a whiz at physics.

    My response to her was that I don't know and I'd guess that at the worst, rear-facing and forward-facing would offer the same protection in a side impact collision. But is rear-facing actually safer in this circumstance? Why?

    Thanks. I figure someone on here will have a good explanation for me!
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    Re: Is rear-facing safer in a side impact collision?

    This thread on the topic may interest you:

    http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=7924

    As might this section of the technical encyclopedia:

    http://www.carseat.org/Technical/tec....htm#rearfacFF

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    Re: Is rear-facing safer in a side impact collision?

    FOUR TIMES safer, yup .
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868/

    The child stays neatly contained in the seat shell in a side crash, whereas in a frontal crash, their head flies forward out of the side of the seat and more likely to strike the window or B-pillar or even the oncoming car's bumper.

    "870 children under age 2 who had been in either rear-facing or forward-facing car seats at the time of an automobile accident. He found that the children in forward-facing seats were more than four times as likely to be injured in side crashes as opposed to the children in rear-facing seats."
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    Re: Is rear-facing safer in a side impact collision?

    Okay - so the safety of rear-facing in a side crash is because most of them have a frontal component? Thanks makes sense.

    And don't worry - she and I are both convinced that RF is safer, we were just wondering about the physics of it.
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    Re: Is rear-facing safer in a side impact collision?

    Quote Originally Posted by oxeye View Post
    Okay - so the safety of rear-facing in a side crash is because most of them have a frontal component? Thanks makes sense.

    And don't worry - she and I are both convinced that RF is safer, we were just wondering about the physics of it.
    Right, mostly people are moving forward when they are T-boned...like, through a green light in an intersection when someone runs a red light...so the head will keep flying forward in the direction the car is driving, then the head will fly towards the point of impact (ouch)

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    Re: Is rear-facing safer in a side impact collision?

    Quote Originally Posted by joolsplus3 View Post
    Right, mostly people are moving forward when they are T-boned...like, through a green light in an intersection when someone runs a red light...so the head will keep flying forward in the direction the car is driving, then the head will fly towards the point of impact (ouch)

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