Friday, January 09, 2015

Majority of parents face carseats to the front too early

The rule is--face the child backwards until age 2 or if the child has outgrown the weight/height limits of the seat.

But, according to a University of Michigan poll, a fourth of parents turned the kids before age 1.

In 2011, a third of 1-4 year olds had been turned to face front at or before 12 months. Just 16% of parents waited.

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death among children under 4 years. This is because kids are either completely unrestrained or do not use the method for their age.

If you have kids, you know why parents turn them--in order to see what they are up to, are they asleep, did they throwup. It is also easier to pluck them out of a forward-facing seat.

But this might be an unnecessary risk...Think about it.

And if you are plopping kids in the seat with just a regular seat belt--you really need to change your ways.

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