NEW! Keep Children in Rear-facing Car Seats until age 2 Years.
New research indicates that children ages 12-23 months are more than FIVE TIMES SAFER riding rear-facing in a car safety seat than those who rode in forward-facing seats. To put it another way , the research has shown they are 75% less likely to die or experience serious injury when they ride in a rear-facing car seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Associates of Conn. now recommend that parents keep their children in rear-facing car safety seats until they are 2 years old or reach the weight or height allowed by the car safety seat manufacturer.
There is no truth to the myth that leg injuries are more common with rear-facing car seats. Even though the child may appear a bit cramped or awkward looking, they are far safer in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years old. Remember motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children.
Here are some facts:
All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat in the back seats of the vehicle until the age of 2 years or until they have reached the maximum height and weight recommended for the car seat model.
All children 2 years and older, or those who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with a harness, up to the height and weight allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
All childern whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for the car safety seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically at 4 feet 9 inches and between 8 and 12 years. Connecticut state law requires children to ride in a "proper child restraint" until 6 years and 60lbs.
All children under age 13 should be restrained in the rear seats for optimal protection.
The new 2 year rear-facing recommendation is not yet the law in Connecticut, but an important safety tip to follow.
This is yet another simple way that you can protect your children and keep them safe!
For more information click here for the American Academy of Pediatrics car seart safety site.