Car seat makers say keep kids facing backwards longer

July 18, 2018 - 7:48 am
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Studies suggest most parents do not know how old their children are supposed to be before their car safety seats can face the front. 

Car seat makers now say children should remain facing the back of the car until at least their second birthdays. 

The Chicco company's news survey says about 28 of parents turn their kids around before the age of two, despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"A rear-facing car seat spreads the crash forces out, over the entire back, head, neck and spine of the child, keeping them safer than if they're forward-facing, where their head is thrust forward with great force," said Cherie Sage, spokeswoman with Safe Kids Kansas.

One Swedish car seat maker even suggests keeping children rear-facing even longer, up to age six. Parents should not worry if their little passengers legs appear cramped.

"Honestly, kids suck their toes," Sage said. "They're very flexible, and so what's uncomfortable for us may not be so uncomfortable for them."

Laws don't always match up with recommendations.  In both Kansas and Missouri, the laws only require children to be rear-facing until age one and up to 20 pounds.
 

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