Rear-facing seats safer for babies under two

By admin
23 March 2011

Children under the age two years should ride in rear-facing car seats, separate studies by The American Academy of Pediatrics and The National Highway Safety Administration have found.

The research that was released this week, was based on crash data of five year-olds in the US in 2007. It was found that one year-olds are five times less likely to be injured in a crash if they are in a rear-facing car seat instead of a forward-facing seat.

Toddlers have relatively large heads and small necks. In front-facing car seats, the force of a crash can jerk the child’s head causing spinal cord injuries. Children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 149cm tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

The studies also advise parents to change the car seat if the toddler is heavier than the recommended weight printed on the seat. However parents will be hearted to know that car seat makers have increased weights of seats from 10kg to around 14kg over the past decade.

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