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Car Seat Safety

March 22, 2011

Yesterday the AAP released a statement changing the recommendation for how long a child should remain rear-facing in a car seat.  The recommendation used to be a minimum of one year or 20 lbs.  The new recommendation is two years of age or, better yet, until the child reaches the maximum height and weight for their particular seat.  It is important to keep in mind, the age two recommendation is a guideline.

Since O’s old car seat* was recalled a couple of weeks ago, B and I have been doing a lot of research on car seat safety.  We have intended on extended rear-facing for O all along.  Further research has only confirmed our decision.

The following are some links we found helpful.  I hope they will be useful for your family as well.

AAP New Recommedations (

AAP Policy Statement (PDF)

USA Today article on the new recommendations

Car Seat Safety Information (

Article on Car Seat Safety and Dorel Juvenile Group (Daily Momtra)

Video showing Front-Facing and Rear-Facing Crash Tests
(Warning:  this might be hard to watch.)

Link to a sample of O’s favorite car song (Elizabeth Mitchell, Car Car)
(Sorry, a sample was the best I could find.)

*O’s new car seat is a Sunshine Kids Radian XT SL and we love it!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2011 10:47 am

    Thanks for sharing. Love that Elizabeth Mitchell song. :-)

  2. Heidi permalink
    March 23, 2011 9:26 am

    That crash video makes me sick to my stomach, but really emphasizes the importance of the seat position. Car accidents terrify me.


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