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 Using Rear-Facing Child Restraints for Babies & Toddlers

Updated Study on RF vs. FF Effectiveness
A study published in Injury Prevention updates the analysis of real-world crash data with respect to the value of riding rear versus forward facing.  Read the full article, plus guidance for what this means for CPSTs, here...Read more…

Study Confirms: Rear Facing is Best for Children up to Age 2
There is new, unequivocal, real-world evidence that children under age 2 are best protected riding in a rear-facing (RF) car seat (CR). Injuries to rear- and forward-facing children under age 2 were studied in crashes from 1998 to 2003. Rear-facing CRs were given an effectiveness rating of 93 percent, while forward-facing (FF) CRs were rated at only 78 percent, 15 points lower. This appears to confirm Swedish research that has shown the benefits of the RF position over many years.
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More on Angle: Gravity-Based Indicators, Other Considerations
In the last two issues, SRN ran articles exploring CR angle situations of following the “level-to-ground” line and considering issues related to touching the back of the front vehicle seat. During our research, we noted a handful of other interesting angle-related issues worth mentioning.
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Another Angle on Recline Angles: When the CR Touches the Front Vehicle Seatback
This article considers another issue related to rear-facing CR angle: things to consider when the top of the CR contacts the vehicle front seatback.
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Exploring Some Angles of the Angle Issue
In part one of this two part series, we look at how proper rear-facing angle is assessed, especially for older children. Manufacturer-specific feedback on how to use “level to ground” lines on labels is included.
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Keep Kids in Stages Longer, Says AAP
Keep kids rear facing to age 2— or until they have outgrown their CR by height or weight—is now the clear recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). On March 21, the AAP announced its updated policy statement, along with a supporting technical report and considerable media coverage.
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