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Rear Facing Car Seats until age TWO!!!

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Once again the car seat laws have changed.  For those of you like myself who still have infants and toddlers in car seats it is imperative to be aware of these new laws.  

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics children have a 75% chance of survival if involved in an accident while in a rear facing car seat.  The laws were changed after research studies showed that because infants bodies are disproportionate until age 2 they need to be more supported.

 

This new research comes on the hills of the 800,000 car seat recall by manufacturer Dorel just over a month ago.  The major cause for the recall was the losing of the harness in some seats which would cause major injury in the event of a crash.  Dorel is a major provided of car seats to includes brands Graco and Safety 1st.

 

Much attention has been paid to car seat safety in the last few years.  With the changes in the types of drivers we have on the roads today and the recalls on major car manufacturers in the last two years I am glad to see that the AAP took a proactive approach to the car seat laws. 

Below are the new laws according to the AAP:

Infant-only seats

• For infants up to 22 to 35 pounds.
• Usually come as part of a stroller system and have carrying handles.
• Click into a base that can be left in the car.
• Used only for travel.

Convertible seats (used rear-facing)

• Can be used both rear-facing and forward-facing. Child can use the seat longer this way.
• Do not have carrying handles and remain in the vehicle.
• Weight limits and height limits are usually higher.
• Use a 5-point harness that latches at the shoulders, hips and legs.

3-in-1 seats (used rear-facing)

• Longest use for the child because it can be used rear-facing, forward-facing, or as a belt-positioning booster.
• The largest car seat, so make sure your vehicle can accommodate.

• Weight limits and height limits are usually higher.

• Children must ride in a booster type car seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, as well as reaching the age of 8 to 12.

• In Sweden, children must ride in rear-facing car seats until they are four-years-old.

• Children should remain riding in the back seat until they are 13-years-old.

• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children over the age of four.

• There are car seats for children to remain in a five-point harness up to 90 pounds like the Recaro ProSport .

I hope that everyone finds this information useful.  We want to be sure to protect all of those cute little kiddos out there on the roads! Now if I could figure out how to get my infant from being glued to the television in the car I will be alright!

Make it a great Mommy Day!

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