The safety of my children while riding in a car has always been of great importance to me. I have always followed the law regarding car seats, booster seats, seatbelts and where they are placed. There is debate regarding rear facing child safety seats and how long they should be rear facing. Laws here in California where I live are clear about the issue. For a newborn or infant up to 20-35 pounds, until at least one year of age and 20 pounds must be in the back seat and the car seat may never be facing forward. To be able to face the car seat forward, a child must be over one (1) year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.
Some still say it’s not safe at such a young age of one to be facing the car seat forward. In other areas, it has been recognized that rear facing car seats are much more safe for children. Some experts recommend that children remain rear facing up until the age of four. It’s not something I completely thought about in the past. Now that it has been brought to my attention, it has me thinking.
In my opinion, with the car seats that are manufactured for children in this age group, might not be difficult to safely be rear faced. However, I’m sure if this became something of the ‘norm’ more companies would manufacture car seats that would safely be rear facing up until a later age. In the UK, there was a Rear Facing Car Seat campaign (rearfacing.motors.co.uk) by Motors.co.uk. It is an interesting point of view to look at.
What are your thoughts?