360 Degree Protection: About Frontal Crashes
Facts about Frontal Crashes
Frontal crashes are the most frequent type of collisions accounting for nearly 75% of all crashes.
How Injuries Occur in a Frontal Crash
In this example, you can see that the head does not come into contact with the back of the vehicle seat during the crash test.
Head injury is the leading cause of vehicle crash-related deaths for children ages 0-12.
Source: Child Injury Led Design & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
When a car is involved in a frontal crash, the child’s head is most vulnerable to injury because:
the child’s body remains restrained, while
the head and limbs are thrown violently forward and can make contact with the back of the front seat.
“Head excursion” is the distance that the head travels forward during the crash; small increases in head excursion can exponentially increase the severity of head injury.
Minimizing Injuries in a Frontal Crash
The key to minimizing potential injury during a frontal impact is to limit head excursion and create a “safety zone” buffer around the child by:
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