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Keep Toddlers In Rear-Facing Child Safety Seats Longer | Port Orange Child Injury Lawyer

Keep Toddlers In Rear-Facing Child Safety Seats Longer

Parents of infants and young toddlers are now advised by AAA to secure their children in rear-facing child safety seats for as long as possible, maxing out the upper weight or height limits of the car seat.

Researchers indicate that toddlers are 75 percent less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash when they ride in a rear-facing car seat up to their second birthday.

This recommendation goes above what Florida law requires. Infants in Florida must ride in rear-facing seats until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds or more. Rear-facing, the infant should be semi-upright at an angle or no more than 45 degrees.

AAA recommends the following child passenger safety best practices:

Always read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions and vehicle owner’s manual.

Keep children rear-facing as long as possible – into their second year of life until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their rear-facing convertible seat. This will usually be around 30-35 pounds.

Once children outgrow the upper weight or height limit of their rear-facing convertible seats, they can ride in a forward-facing child safety seat.

Children should use a forward-facing child safety seat until they reach the maximum weight (usually 40-65 pounds) or height for the harness.

Children should ride in a booster seat until age 8 or older unless they are 4’9” tall.

Move children to adult lap/shoulder belts when they are at least 4′ 9″ tall (which usually happens between ages 8 and 12) and vehicle safety belts fit properly.

For all children under age 13, the back seat is the safest place.

With three out of four child safety seats not properly installed, consulting an expert can be critical to ensure that children are secured in the safest manner possible. Experts are available to help parents with their car seat installation by visiting www.seatcheck.org
or calling 866-SEATCHECK (866-732-8243).

For more on child safety issues, see the child injury library of articles by Daytona Beach child injury lawyer.



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