Did you know that in the US it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children be placed rear-facing in their car seats until at least age 2? This recommendation was based on a study that found that children under 2 are 75% less likely to have a severe or fatal injury during a crash if rear facing. I have long believed in extended rear-facing and placed my children in higher weight limit rear facing seats much longer than any of my friends. I have often received questioning looks or questions and even my husband doesn’t quite understand but I know how important it is to keep my children safe. For me, the same goes with extended harnessing rather than switching over to a booster at the very bare minimum height and weight requirements.
Rear Facing Car Seats is a great website packed with information, facts, and the latest news to help you navigate the sometimes confusing information out there about car seat safety. Check out this informative infographic that presents some of the facts really well!
Some of the facts presents above are so fascinating to me! It is interesting to see that many experts around the world recommend that children be rear facing up until age 4. I also was surprised to read that driving at just 32 MPH, a collision with your child in a forward facing car seat can put pressure equal to the weight of 3 grown men all focused on the child’s neck.
How long did you place your children in rear facing car seats?
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