Last Update November 12th, 2016 I have been asked on several occasions whether or not rear facing would really be safe if you were to be rear ended. My response up until now has been that frontal and side impact crashes are the most fatal accidents, and that serious rear impact accidents are not very common. Therefore the child is best protected being in rear facing convertible car seats for as long as possible, in the most common types of accidents.
Why Rear Facing Car Seats are Safer
The statistics are on our side, According to Crashtest.Com, frontal and frontal offset crashes combine for about 72% of all crashes. Side impacts are about 24%. Rear and rear offset crashes only account for about 4%. The odds of being in a serious frontal crash are many times greater than being in a rear-ender.
However, it does happen and people have always asked “what if I was seriously rear ended with my baby rear facing?” Well, I now have an answer for you!