Child’s Car Seat – Which Way Should It Face?

The Doctors have important and possibly life-saving information when it comes to your children and their car seats.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork is joined certified child safety technician Jennifer Bell Sexton to discuss a question many parents struggle with – whether your child’s car seat should be facing front or back?

Watch: Car Seat Tutorial

Dr. Stork asks Jennifer the important question of, “When is the best time to switch from rear-facing to forward-facing?” She says that the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that your keep your child rear-facing until age 2, or until they exceed the height and weight limit of the car seat. She notes that staying rear-facing is 5 times safer, due to the head, neck and spine of young children not being fully developed. She also shares the scary statistic that the leading cause of death for children over the age of 4 is car accidents.

For parents wondering when to transition their child from a booster seat – with a 5 point restraint system – to a traditional seat belt, Jennifer recommends that this happen sometime between the age of 8 and 12, when they are over 4 feet, 9 inches and can properly fit in the vehicle seat. She notes that staying in a seat with a 5 point harness for as long as possible is the safest option.

Watch: Airplane Seatbelt Safety for Kids 

More information on the child passenger safety laws of each state is available here.

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