A rear-facing car seat will absorb most of the crash forces and supports the head, neck and spine. When children ride forward-facing, their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.
Why should a baby stay rear facing?
That’s because a rear-facing seat spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body. It also limits the motion of the head, reducing the potential for neck injury, and keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint.
How long should I keep my child rear facing?
The AAP now recommends that kids sit rear-facing until at least age 2 and for longer if possible. NHTSA now recommends: “Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.”
Do babies legally have to be rear facing?
Children must use a rear-facing seat until the they are 15 months old. Never fit a rear-facing child seat in the front if there is an active airbag on the passenger side of the car. When your child reaches 15 months, their neck will be stronger and it’ll now be safe to mount their car seat facing forward.
How long should you be rear facing?
Babies are safest in a rear-facing restraint, and would only be expected to outgrow these restraints when they are two to three years old. Children should stay rear-facing for as long as possible. As your child grows, it may appear that there is no room for their legs when they are restrained in this position.
When Should child be forward-facing?
Use a forward-facing car seat until at least age 4, and until your child reaches the height or weight limit of their seat. That can be anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds (27.2 to 45.4kg) depending on the seat.
How much should a baby weigh to face forward in 2021?
Rear-facing car seat – required for children under age 1 or 20 pounds or less; Forward-facing car seat – required for children ages 1 to 4 and weighing more than 20 pounds; Booster seat – required for children ages 4 to 9 and less than four feet, nine inches tall. Vehicle’s seat belt system – for children ages 9 to 16.
When can I turn my car seat around 2021?
Some parents see turning their child’s seat to forward-facing as a milestone to complete around his first birthday, but the most recent recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their children rear-facing until they’re at least 2 years old.
At what age do you not need a car seat?
All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age.
What year did child car seats become mandatory?
By 1985 the first child passenger safety laws were passed. This required children under a certain age to have a car seat when riding in a vehicle.
Can you put baby seat in front?
A: Yes, although it is safer for children to travel in the rear of the car. If you must put a forward-facing seat in the front when there is an airbag present, make sure that the car seat is as far back as possible and the child seat is securely held to maximise the distance between the child and the airbag.
What is the five step test?
The 5-Step Test is a simple way to see if the vehicle’s seat belt fits the child properly. Kids who can answer “yes” to all 5 questions can ride safely without a booster. Most kids are close to 5 feet tall before you’ll be able to say yes to all 5.
Can babies go forward-facing at 9 months?
Forward-facing car seat age
Many parents want to know the right age for a forward-facing car seat, but this is not as straightforward as it may seem. Legally, your child can travel in an ECE R44/04 approved car seat facing forward once they are 9 kg, which is approximately age nine months.