Front facing or rear facing? Which one is the best?  When a child is placed front facing in the car seat injuries can be more severe.  This is because during a collision the child’s neck can be thrown forward, creating a stress on the spinal cord.  The spinal cord is very important and even the slightest damage can cause tremendous injuries, such as paralysis or even death.  When a child is rear facing in a car seat their bodies are cradled, supporting the head and neck securely. This keeps the head, neck, and spine fully aligned.  The longer a child can ride in the rear facing position, the better protected his or her spinal cord will be in a collision.    

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