Britax Max-Way saves a life
Accidents are scary and we are always glad to hear about children being pulled out of the car without a scratch. Fortunately this happens virtually every time with children in the Swedish rear facing seats since serious injuries or fatalities are almost impossible. How do we know this? In Sweden we have been keeping children rear facing since 1965 and learned much.
We have learned that it's almost impossible for a child in a Swedish rear facing seat to become seriously injured or die regardless of circumstances.
Todays crash report comes out of Finland. A one year old boy was involved in a serious crash with a rollover. Not only was he pulled out of the crash without a scratch, he was actually laughing!
Below is the crash report from the mother translated in English and below the original in Swedish:
My husband yesterday skidded with our car at a speed of 60-70 km/h (38-45 mph), spun around and hit the front wheels in the snow which led to the car flying through the air landing on drivers side at a ditch on the side of the road.
Our one year old son made it without a scratch, he even sat there laughing when my husband looked at him after the accident. He was then "hanging" in his seat. Good seat and a guardian angle for our son:-)
Maken fick igår sladd med bilen (hastighet ca 60-70 km/h) , snurrade runt och slog i framhjulet i snökarmen, vilket ledde till att bilen flög upp i luften och landade sedan på förarsidan nere i dikesbottnen. 1-åriga sonen klarade sig helt utan minsta skråma, han satt t.o.m. och skrattade när maken tittade på honom strax efter smällen, och han bara "hängde" där i sin stol Bra stol och änglavakt!
Britax Max-Way is a new great seat which is an improvement on the popular Hi-Way model. It's compact, light weight and does easy rear facing until around age 5. It's been on the market for a month and has been incredibly popular.
From 45+ years of rear facing experience in Sweden we know that long rear facing time is important. Type of Swedish rear facing seat is of less importance. That means this child fortunately also would have done great in another Swedish rear facing seat.
We know it's almost impossible for a child to die or become seriously injured while riding in a Swedish rear facing car seat. We can unfortunately not guarantee that your child will actually be laughing after the accident:-)