Most parents try to transition their kids from rear-facing seats to front facing ones as soon as possible. In most cases, people want their child to transition quickly because they’ve outgrown their old chair. However, this can be a huge mistake for child car safety, which is why we urge you to wait. According to AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), children should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years old.
Child Car Safety
Moreover, studies have shown that rear-seats reduce the risk of sustaining a serious injury or even dying staggering 75%. That’s a huge difference when you think about it. So why are rear-facing car seats so necessary? Or better yet – how do they keep your child so safe?
In short, rear-facing seats spread the force your child experiences during a crash across the back seat and their body evenly. What’s more, these seats also limit the motion of the child’s head, which helps to prevent serious neck and spine injuries. And these injuries can potentially have a huge effect on your child’s life quality for the rest of their life.
So to sum things up, here are a couple of facts about rear-facing car seats you should know:
- They protect the feet, legs, head, and spine of your child far better than front facing seats
- They are far more comfortable than front-facing models and help the development of joints
- They come with a five-point harness system that distributes the force equally during a crash
In order to help you better understand the importance of rear-facing seats, good folks from the Parenting Pod have created the infographic about child car safety below. After all, we as humans remember visual data better. Make sure to share the infographic with other parents you know to protect as many children as possible.