The change was based on U.S. crash data from the past five years, which found that 1-year-olds are five times less likely to be injured in a crash if they are in a rear-facing car seat than if they are in a forward-facing seat. Children younger than 2 have relatively large heads and small necks, and in a front-facing car seat the force of a crash can jerk the child's head, causing spinal cord injuries, MSNBC reports.
Had the new guidelines been in place over the past 15 years, as many as 1,000 children may have escaped injury in car crashes, according to MSNBC.
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