The first day at the Kidz in Motion conference was an interesting one. It was a mixture of seeing old faces from Lifesavers and new ones, either because they never made it to Lifesavers or because they got lost in the shuffle of Lifesavers. KIM is a much smaller conference. Manufacturers represented so far are Chicco, Evenflo, Graco, SafeGuard, and Sunshine Kids.
To start off the conference, Marilyn Bull presented her study from last year on rear-facing for best protection. The researchers took children ages 0-23 months from 1988-2003 from the NASS-CDS database of fatal and nonfatal crashes and looked at the risk of injury for rear-facing vs. forward-facing. What was found is that a 1 year old is 6 times less likely to die if s/he is rear-facing. They did find in the study that rear-facing provides a significant benefit in side impacts since the head remains protected within the shell of the car seat.