Best answer: Why do car seats go back?

Are car seats supposed to be backwards?

For safety’s sake, keep your child in a rear-facing safety seat for as long as possible. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend that all infants and toddlers face backward – not forward – for as long as possible.

Should a car seat go behind the driver or passenger?

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The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.

How long do babies have to be rear-facing?

Babies are safest in a rear-facing restraint, and would only be expected to outgrow these restraints when they are two to three years old. Children should stay rear-facing for as long as possible. As your child grows, it may appear that there is no room for their legs when they are restrained in this position.

When can a baby sit in the backseat alone?

It could be that a child might need a booster seat in one vehicle but not another. Keep children properly buckled in the back seat through age 12 for the best possible protection.

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Does a 10 year old need a car seat?

Children should use a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old. Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.

Are car seats really safer?

The NHTSA says car seats reduce fatalities by 54 percent. But it draws the comparison with children sitting in cars unrestrained and not using a seat belt.

Where is the safest place to put a carseat in the back seat?

Placing the car seat in the wrong spot

The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.

Is rear facing always safer?

Rear-facing is still the safest way for children to ride, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics which recently updated their guidelines in 2018. Every transition actually reduces the amount of protection a child has in the event of a crash.

What is the weight limit for a rear facing car seat?

Each car seat has its own height and weight limits for rear-facing children. Most convertible seats allow children to sit rear-facing up to 35, 40 or 50 pounds. The height limit for most rear-facing car seats is that there must be at least 1 inch of room between the top of the child’s head and the top of the car seat.

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