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Rear-facing is safer than you think

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driving with your child in Florida can pose many risks. You want to do all that you can to keep your child safe. One of the best ways to do so is to place them in a rear-facing car seat. While many people think this is unsafe, the truth is otherwise. Recent studies have confirmed that a rear-facing car seat can reduce your child’s risk of injury.

How long should children face the rear?

Motor vehicle accidents are a hazard to people of all ages. The risk to children is much higher because of their comparative frailty. For this reason, you are responsible for doing everything you can to keep them safe. A rear-facing car seat gives them an extra layer of safety that can make the crucial difference if you are involved in a crash.

Children should be kept in this position for as long as possible. You should only turn them around in the seat when they have grown too large to be comfortable. The time at which this occurs will be different for each child. This is because they will all experience different rates of growth. It usually occurs between three and five years of age.

Rear-facing seats are a viable safety measure

Recent studies have shown that accidents involving a child’s car seat can be significantly reduced when you keep them facing to the rear. Remember that most convertible car seats have a weight limit of between 40 and 50 pounds. This gives you plenty of time to decide when to turn them around.

If an accident should occur, a rear-facing seat can be a lifesaver. This is because this type of seat cradles their head, back and neck. This can be the measure that saves the life of your child.

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