Last year experts has upped the recommended age children should be in a rear facing car seat since the statistics shows that it is five times safer than riding in forward facing position. Many pediatricians states that there is almost no chance of spinal injury during a collision if the child is riding in rear facing positions and seventy five percent less chance of serious injury, that is because the force is distributed over the child’s body more effectively than a forward facing position. In fact rear facing is the safest option for everyone including adults, but especially for infants and babies because their spinal cord is weaker.
Unfortunately every year 5,000 children die in car crashes and it is still the leading cause of death in children. So it is recommended that children stay in a rear facing car seat until they are 24 months old and as long as they fit in the car seat in the rear faced position. A good way to understand if your toddle is too big for his or her car seat in rear facing position is; a) If your child’s head is 1 inch from the top of the seat b) He/she is over 35 lbs.
Convertible car seats like Britax Marathon 70, the Britax Boulevard 70, can fit your child from birth to 70 pounds so that you can use them several years there are also other models like the Britax Roundabout 55 which can be used up to 55 lbs.
Rear Facing vs Forward Facing Crash Test Video
As you see rear-facing car seats provide remarkable safety advantages in vehicle crashes especially in frontal and side impacts which are far more frequent crashes.