Did you know that the safest place for your child is rear facing in the back seat until at least 3 years old. Did you also know that you can recieve points on your license for not properly restraining a child! To find out more about points and safety take our online class Many parents believe that after their child’s 1st birthday it is ok to turn them around, but in 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its policy, citing a study that found children younger than 2 are 75 percent less likely to be killed or injured in a car crash if they’re in a rear-facing car seat.
Now both the AAP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend children face backward until they outgrow their seat. That means most children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they’re at least 2 or 3 years old.
This is where many parents start to wonder about is their child’s legs are too long for a rear facing seat, well let me break it down for you. When sitting in a rear-facing car seat, most toddlers have limited legroom. Their legs usually touch the car seat behind them and may even have to be bent or crossed to fit.
This can be troubling to some parents who worry that the child is uncomfortable. Or worse, that his legs could be hurt in the event of a crash. But experts say that’s not the case.
Rear-facing car seats are not only far more effective at preventing fatal injuries (as well as those that could permanently disable a child), but they’re also much better at protecting your child’s arms and legs.
So keep your children rear facing for as long as possible! For more info on car seat safety stay tuned to this blog spot and as always DRIVE SAFE!!!
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